Member News

STS News, Summer 2013

Higgins Named Chair
This past April, Robert S. D. Higgins, MD, MSHA was named Chair of the Department of Surgery at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He will continue in his roles as Director of OSU’s Comprehensive Transplant Center and Director of the Division of Cardiac Surgery. An STS member since 1997, he currently serves as the Society’s Treasurer, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, and the Workforce on Media Relations & Communications.


Thourani Receives Teaching Awards
Vinod H. Thourani, MD recently received two awards honoring commitment and excellence in teaching: the American College of Cardiology’s W. Proctor Harvey, MD Young Teacher Award and the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association’s Dwight C. McGoon Award. Dr. Thourani is currently an Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been an STS member since 2008.



Jonas Honored with Gibbon Award
Richard A. Jonas, MD has received the prestigious Gibbon Award from the American Society of Extra-Corporeal Technology. The Gibbon Award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the cardiopulmonary discipline interrelating with the field of extracorporeal circulation. Dr. Jonas is currently Chief of Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Children’s National Heart Institute at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He has been an STS member since 1989.


Liptay Leads CT Surgery at Rush
Michael J. Liptay, MD has been named Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Liptay was formerly Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Rush. He also serves as Program Director of the thoracic surgery residency program and holds the Mary Denny Weaver Chair of Cancer Research. An STS member since 1998, Dr. Liptay serves on the Society’s General Thoracic Surgery Database Task Force.


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