Member News: Fall 2019

Chikwe Heads New Department at Cedars-Sinai’s Smidt Heart Institute
Joanna Chikwe, MD, FRCS, is the founding chair of the new Department of Cardiac Surgery at Cedars-Sinai’s Smidt Heart Institute in Los Angeles. She previously was the inaugural chair of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s in New York City. Dr. Chikwe serves as deputy editor for adult cardiac surgery on The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editorial Board and has been an STS member since 2018.

Lau Named Chief of Surgery
On December 1, Christine L. Lau, MD, MBA, will become chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and chief of surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, both in Baltimore. She currently is the George Minor Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Dr. Lau has been an STS member since 2008.

Berry Holds Distinguished Professorship
Mark F. Berry, MD, MHS, has been appointed the Mylavarapu Rogers Professor in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine in California. He has spent the last 5 years at Stanford, previously having served as an associate professor of surgery at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Berry has been an STS member since 2008.

Kormos Joins Abbott
Robert L. Kormos, MD, FRCS, is the new divisional vice president of medical affairs, heart failure, at Abbott Laboratories in Austin, Texas. Previously, he was director of the Artificial Heart Program and co-director of the Heart Transplantation Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Dr. Kormos has been an STS member since 1989.

Karamlou Leads Research, Education
Tara B. Karamlou, MD, MSc, has been promoted to director of research and education at Cleveland Clinic Children’s in Ohio. She will orchestrate and oversee research endeavors for the entire children’s hospital, as well as launch its new congenital cardiac surgery fellowship. Dr. Karamlou joined the Clinic as a pediatric cardiac surgeon in January, previously having practiced at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona. She is a member of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editorial Board and has been an STS member since 2010.

Pelletier Named Cardiac Chief at University Hospitals
Marc Pelletier, MD, MSc, FRCSC, is the new chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio, as well as director of the Heart Surgery Center at University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute. Previously, he was surgical director of the transcatheter aortic valve replacement program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Pelletier has been an STS member since 2005.

Malhotra Tapped for Director Role
Sunil P. Malhotra, MD, has been named director of congenital cardiac surgery at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He previously served as director of pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgery at Children’s Hospital of New Jersey in Newark and was an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Malhotra has been an STS member since 2010.

Chedrawy Heads Cardiac Surgery 
Edgar G. Chedrawy, MD, MSc, MHA, has been named head of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and associate professor of surgery and health administration at Dalhousie University, both in Halifax, Canada. Previously, he was medical director of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Tenet Weiss Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Chedrawy has been an STS member since 2006.

Daneshmand Directs Transplantation, MCS/ECMO at Emory
Mani A. Daneshmand, MD, is the new director of the heart and lung transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation programs at Emory University in Atlanta. Dr. Daneshmand previously worked at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina, as surgical director of lung and heart-lung transplantation and the extracorporeal life support program. He has been an STS member since 2015.


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