Member News: Fall 2018

Grover Receives Prestigious Honor
The Frederick and Carol Grover Endowed Chair in Surgery has been established at the University of Colorado (CU) School of Medicine in honor of STS Past President Frederick L. Grover, MD and his wife Carol. Dr. Grover served as Chair of the University’s Department of Surgery from 2002 to 2012 and has been a leader in clinical outcomes measurement, clinical research, and heart and lung transplantation. He has been an STS member since 1974 and served as the Society’s President from 2006 to 2007. Joseph C. Cleveland Jr., MD, a Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Director of the Heart Transplant, Ventricular Assist Device, and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Programs at CU, has been appointed the first recipient of the Chair. He has been an STS member since 2003 and is a Director-at-Large on the STS Board of Directors.

Higgins Receives RCSEd Fellowship
Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA was honored with the Fellowship ad hominem of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh earlier this month. The Fellowship ad hominem is awarded to current or former practitioners or other individuals of distinction whose professional status is of a high order and who are deemed worthy of the honor. Dr. Higgins is Surgeon-in-Chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital, as well as the William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery and Director of the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. He currently serves as the Society’s First Vice President and has been an STS member since 1997.

Endowed Chair Named After Patterson
G. Alexander Patterson, MD, FRCS(C) has been honored for his work in advancing the field of lung transplantation through the establishment of the G. Alexander Patterson, MD/Mid-America Transplant Endowed Distinguished Chair in Lung Transplantation at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the Joseph C. Bancroft Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at WashU, as well as Editor of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, and has been an STS member since 1986. Daniel Kreisel, MD, PhD is the first Chair recipient. He is Surgical Director of the Lung Transplant Program and Scientific Director of the Transplant Center at WashU, and has been an STS member since 2009.

Kouchoukos Honored with Emeritus Professorship
Nicholas T. Kouchoukos, MD has been named the first John M. Shoenberg Emeritus Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery by The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Washington University School of Medicine, both in St. Louis. Dr. Kouchoukos previously served as the John M. Shoenberg Endowed Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at the Jewish Hospital of St. Louis prior to its merger with the Barnes Hospital, as well as Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine. An STS Past President and Historian, Dr. Kouchoukos has been an STS member since 1973.

Cooke Becomes VP of Faculty Development
David Tom Cooke, MD has been appointed Vice Chair for Faculty Development at the University of California, Davis Department of Surgery in Sacramento. Dr. Cooke will continue in his role as Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery at UC Davis. He has been an STS member since 2010 and currently chairs the Society’s Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion.

Alsoufi Appointed Division Chief
Bahaaldin Alsoufi, MD is the new Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at the University of Louisville and Norton Children’s Hospital. Previously, Dr. Alsoufi was an Associate Professor in the Section of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. He has been an STS member since 2007.

Selzman Becomes Endowed Chair
Craig H. Selzman, MD has been named the inaugural Dr. Russell M. Nelson and Dantzel W. Nelson Presidential Endowed Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Dr. Selzman currently is Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Utah, as well as Surgical Director of the Cardiac Mechanical Support and Heart Transplant Program. He has been an STS member since 2005.

Caldarone Moves to Houston
Christopher A. Caldarone, MD has been named Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and Professor of Congenital Heart Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Previously, he was Surgeon-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Dr. Caldarone has been an STS member since 2004 and previously served as Canadian Director on the STS Board of Directors.

Cerfolio Adds Executive Leadership Duties
Robert J. Cerfolio, MD, MBA has been named Senior Vice President and Vice Dean, Chief of Hospital Operations, at NYU Langone Health Systems in New York City. Dr. Cerfolio, who will remain Chief of Clinical Thoracic Surgery, will now oversee all patient care activity. He has been an STS member since 1995.

Varghese Leads Value-Based Care
Thomas K. Varghese Jr., MD, MS is now the Chief Value Officer at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, where he also is Head of the Section of General Thoracic Surgery and Program Director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship program. Dr. Varghese has been an STS member since 2006 and recently was appointed as the Deputy Editor for Digital Media and Digital Scholarship for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

Wehberg Moves to Delaware
Kurt E. Wehberg, MD has been named Co-Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chief of Robotics, and Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Beebe Healthcare in Lewes, Delaware. Previously, Dr. Wehberg served as Medical Director of Thoracic Oncology, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and Director of Robotic Cardiothoracic Surgery at Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury,  Maryland. He has been an STS member since 2004.


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