Member News: Summer 2016

Guyton Receives ACC Award
STS Past President Robert A. Guyton, MD was honored with a Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Cardiology at its Annual Scientific Sessions in early April. The award recognizes profound contributions to medicine and/or the delivery of health care. Dr. Guyton is the Distinguished Charles Ross Hatcher Jr. Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. He also received the STS Distinguished Service Award at the Society’s Annual Meeting this past January. Dr. Guyton has been an STS member since 1986.

Keogh Named ASA Honorary Fellow
Bruce E. Keogh, MD, FRCS has been named an Honorary Fellow of the American Surgical Association. Honorary Fellows are distinguished foreign surgeons whose contributions to surgery have been unusually noteworthy, of lasting value, and worthy of the highest international recognition. Dr. Keogh currently is the Medical Director of the National Health Service in England. Prior to assuming that role, he was Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University College, London and Director of Surgery at the Heart Hospital. He served as International Director on the STS Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011 and has been an STS member since 1995.

Kirshbom Chief of Pediatric Surgery
Paul M. Kirshbom, MD has been named Chief of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C. Previously, he was Chief of Pediatric Heart Surgery at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. Dr. Kirshbom has been an STS member since 2004.

Sheridan Joins California Pacific
Brett C. Sheridan, MD has been named Surgical Director of Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support and Chief of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. Previously, he was Director of Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation at the University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Dr. Sheridan has been an STS member since 2005.

Pigula Moves to Louisville
Frank A. Pigula, MD is the new Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart Center at Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, Ky. Previously, he was Clinical Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Boston. Dr. Pigula has been an STS member since 2002.

Harrison Named Chief at New York Methodist
Sebron W. Harrison, MD has been named Chief of Thoracic Surgery at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn and Attending Thoracic Surgeon at Weill-Cornell Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan. Previously, he was an Attending Thoracic Surgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Harrison has been an STS member since 2015.

Ferdinand Joins Albany Med
Francis D. Ferdinand, MD, FRCSEd is the new Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and holds the Alley–Sheridan Endowed Chair in the Department of Surgery at Albany Medical College, in addition to serving as Director for Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in New York. Previously, he was Surgical Director of Cardiovascular Quality and Strategy at Main Line Health’s Lankenau Medical Center near Philadelphia. Dr. Ferdinand also recently was elected to the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. He has been an STS member since 1994.


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