Member News: Spring 2017

Wood Chairs UW Department of Surgery
STS Past President Douglas E. Wood, MD, FRCSEd has been named the Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. Previously, he served as Chief of UW’s Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Wood also was recently elected President of The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the Society’s charitable arm. He has been an STS member since 1995.

Kuo Joins Banner MD Anderson
Elbert Y. Kuo, MD, MPH, MMS has been named Section Chief of Thoracic Surgery for Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center in Gilbert, Ariz. Previously, Dr. Kuo was Director of the Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery Program at the Norton Thoracic Institute in Phoenix. He has been an STS member since 2010.

Freeman Named Hospital System CMO
Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA is now the System Chief Medical Officer of St. Vincent Health, a 20-hospital system located in Indiana. Previously, he was CMO of St. Vincent’s Indianapolis hospital campus. He has been an STS member since 2002.

Guleserian Heads Transplant Program
Kristine J. Guleserian, MD has been named Director of the Heart Failure and Transplant Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Previously, Dr. Guleserian served as Surgical Director of Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation and the Adult Congenital Heart Surgery Program at Children’s Medical Center/University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. She has been an STS member since 2007.

Xydas Is New Chief at Mount Sinai
Steve Xydas, MD has been named Chief of the Columbia University Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. He also will co-direct the Mount Sinai Heart Institute. Previously, Dr. Xydas was a cardiothoracic surgeon at Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey. He has been an STS member since 2011.

Bedi Moves to Ludhiana Hospital
Harinder Singh Bedi, MD is the new Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular, Endovascular, and Thoracic Sciences at the Cardiac Care Centre of Ludhiana Mediways Super Specialty Hospital in Ludhiana, Punjab, India. Previously, Dr. Bedi was a Senior Consultant at the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi, the Fortis Heart Institute in Punjab, and Head of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana. He has been an STS member since 1999.

Jaquiss Becomes Division Director
Robert D.B. “Jake” Jaquiss, MD has been named Division Director of Pediatric and Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, as well as Co-Director of its Heart Center. Previously, he was Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Jaquiss has been an STS member since 1996.

Lamelas Takes New Role at Baylor
Joseph Lamelas, MD has been appointed Associate Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Previously, Dr. Lamelas was Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami. He has been an STS member since 1995.

Forbess Heads to Advocate Children’s
Joseph M. Forbess, MD is the new Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Advocate Children’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Advocate Children’s Heart Institute in Park Ridge, Ill. Previously, Dr. Forbess was Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Dallas Children’s Hospital. He has been an STS member since 2003.

Loor Joins Baylor
Gabriel Loor, MD has been named Director of Lung Transplantation at Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston. Previously, he was Surgical Director of Lung Transplantation and Co-Director of the Aortic Center at the University of Minnesota. He has been an STS member since 2012.


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