Member News: Summer 2017

Guyton Receives ACC Citation
STS Past President Robert A. Guyton, MD was awarded the 2017 Presidential Citation by the American College of Cardiology at its Annual Scientific Session in March. The Presidential Citation is awarded to a person whose contributions to the field of cardiology have been truly extraordinary. 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 has been an STS member since 1986.

Jacobs Co-Directs Heart Institute
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD has been named Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. He currently serves as Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery, Director of the Andrews/Daicoff Cardiovascular Program within the institute, and Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Jacobs has been an STS member since 2002.

Cerfolio Moves to NYU
Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA has joined New York University Langone Medical Center as Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery. He also will serve as the first Director of the Lung Cancer Center at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center. Previously, Dr. Cerfolio was the James H. Estes Family Lung Cancer Research Endowed Chair and Chief of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham. He has been an STS member since 1995.

Ardehali Awarded Ellis Island Medal
Abbas Ardehali, MD has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. The medal is awarded annually to a group of distinguished US citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service. Dr. Ardehali is Director of the UCLA Heart and Lung Transplant Program and a Professor of Surgery and Medicine in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has been an STS member since 1998.

Anderson Elected VP of State Medical Society
Richard C. Anderson, MD has been elected Vice President of the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. Anderson is Chief of the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Peoria. He has been an STS member since 2003.

Gillinov Heads Department at Cleveland Clinic
A. Marc Gillinov, MD has been appointed Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic. He has been with the institution since 1997, most recently serving as Chief Experience Officer of its Heart & Vascular Institute and holding the Judith Dion Pyle Chair in Heart Valve Research. He has been an STS member since 2001.

Weigel Named Chief at Westchester
Tracey L. Weigel, MD is now Chief of Thoracic Surgery for the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, a 1,700-bed health care system headquartered in Valhalla, New York. Previously, Dr. Weigel served as Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the Comprehensive Thoracic Oncology Program at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She has been an STS member since 2002.

Lee to Start Iowa Heart Surgery Program
Chong Chin Lee, MD has been tapped to launch a new heart surgery program at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Dr. Lee also has built heart surgery programs at two separate institutions in Wisconsin. He has been an STS member since 1999.

Macke Moves to Banner MD Anderson
Ryan A. Macke, MD is now the Director of Esophageal Surgery at Banner MD Anderson in Phoenix. Previously, he was an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Section of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. Dr. Macke has been an STS member since 2010.

Velez Appointed Chief at Phoenix Children’s
Daniel A. Velez, MD is now Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Previously, he served as Director of Quality at PCH. Dr. Velez has been an STS member since 2010.


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