Member News: Fall 2017

Rich Tapped for Cleveland Clinic Role
STS Past President Jeffrey B. Rich, MD has been appointed Chair of Operations and Strategy for the Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute. In this new role, Dr. Rich will promote quality initiatives, work on developing innovative payment initiatives, and engage in strategic growth for the institute. He previously practiced at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, led the Virginia Cardiac Services Quality Initiative, and directed the Center for Medicare Management within CMS. Dr. Rich has been an STS member since 1994.

Thourani Moves to Medstar Georgetown
Vinod H. Thourani, MD is now Chair of Cardiac Surgery at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute in Washington, DC. Previously, Dr. Thourani served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown in Atlanta and Co-Director of Emory’s Structural Heart and Valve Center. He is a Director-at-Large on the STS Board of Directors and has been a member of the Society since 2008.

Kappetein Joins Medtronic
A. Pieter Kappetein, MD, PhD has been named Chief Medical Officer, Structural Heart, at Medtronic. He will provide medical leadership for the company’s heart valve therapies and extracorporeal therapies businesses. Dr. Kappetein also is a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He served as an International Director on the STS Board of Directors from 2014 until earlier this year and has been a member of the Society since 2007.

Robbins Leads University of Arizona
Robert C. Robbins, MD is the new President of the University of Arizona. Previously, Dr. Robbins was President and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. Before that, he was Professor and Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine and Founding Director of the Stanford Cardiovascular Institute. Dr. Robbins has been an STS member since 1998.

Kane Moves to Rochester
Lauren C. Kane, MD has moved to the University of Rochester in New York where she is an Associate Professor in the Division of Cardiac Surgery, Congenital Heart Surgery, and Associate Surgeon at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Kane was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an Associate Surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She has been an STS member since 2012.

Conte Is Chief at Penn State Hershey
John V. Conte, MD is now Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery and Associate Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center. Previously, Dr. Conte was Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Surgical Director of the Structural Heart Disease Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He is a former Chair of the Society’s Council on Education and Member Services and has been an STS member since 1999.

Camacho Receives Nussbaum Award
Margarita T. Camacho, MD is a recipient of the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Stroke Association’s Harvey E. Nussbaum, MD, Distinguished Service Award for her outstanding commitment to building healthier communities and the mission of the AHA. She is the first woman to win this award. Dr. Camacho is Surgical Director of Cardiac Transplantation and Assist Devices at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. She has been an STS member since 2004.

Horvath Takes Association Role
Keith A. Horvath, MD is now the Senior Director, Clinical Transformation at the Association of American Medical Colleges. Previously, Dr. Horvath was Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the National Institutes of Health Heart Center. He has been an STS member since 1997.

Roughneen Moves Up at UTMB
Patrick T. Roughneen, MD has been named Associate Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Surgery at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Previously, Dr. Roughneen served as Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at UTMB. He has been an STS member since 1994.


Submit Member News

Send news about yourself or a colleague to stsnews@sts.org. Submissions will be printed based on content, membership status, and space available.