Member News: Fall 2020

Higgins Guides Diversity and Inclusion at Johns Hopkins
Robert S.D. Higgins, MD, MSHA, has been named senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion for The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. He also will continue in his current positions as surgeon-in-chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and director of the Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine. An STS member since 1997, Dr. Higgins is the Society’s Immediate Past President.

D’Cunha Leads Team at Mayo
Jonathan D’Cunha, MD, PhD, has joined the Mayo Clinic in Arizona as the inaugural chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, as well as consultant and professor. He previously served as chief of the Division of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure and vice chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. D’Cunha has been an STS member since 2006.

Park Appointed President of Two Pennsylvania Hospitals
Chong S. Park, MD, was named president of Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Allegheny County and Canonsburg Hospital, Washington County, both in Pennsylvania. A longtime Allegheny Health Network cardiothoracic surgeon, he previously served as medical director of the Cardiovascular Institute at Jefferson and as the hospital’s chief medical officer. Dr. Park has been an STS member since 2000.

LeMaire Chairs NIH Committee
Scott A. LeMaire, MD, has been appointed chair of the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee (LSTRC) for the National Library of Medicine within the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The LSTRC reviews and recommends journals for inclusion in MEDLINE. Dr. LeMaire is professor and vice chair of research at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Thoracic Surgery Foundation, the Society’s charitable arm, and has been an STS member since 2004.

Boffa Promoted to Division Chief at Yale
Daniel J. Boffa, MD, has been named chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Since joining Yale in 2007, he has served as professor of thoracic surgery and director of clinical affairs for the thoracic surgery program. Dr. Boffa also developed a leading program for the minimally invasive treatment of esophageal and lung cancers. He succeeds his longtime mentor and friend, Frank C. Detterbeck, MD, who started the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Yale. Dr. Boffa has been an STS member since 2009 and serves on the Society’s Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy, as well as The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editorial Board.

Lobdell Joins Army Reserves
Kevin W. Lobdell, MD, was commissioned into the US Army Reserves, with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He will receive monthly battle assembly training through Fort Bragg in North Carolina, while the Direct Commissioning Course will be in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the Basic Officer Leadership Course will be at Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Dr. Lobdell is the director of regional cardiovascular quality, education, and research at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. An STS member since 2007, he currently chairs the Workforce on Research Development and is a member of the Workforce on Quality and the Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy.

Reyes Begins Position in Florida
Karl Michael G. Reyes, MD, is now chief of pediatric and congenital cardiac surgery at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida. This appointment is through an affiliation with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, where he is an associate professor. Previously, Dr. Reyes was an associate professor in pediatric cardiac surgery at Baylor College of Medicine/The Children’s Hospital of San Antonio in Texas. He has been an STS member since 2013.

Medalion Is Cardiothoracic Surgery Chair
Benjamin Medalion, MD, is the new chair of cardiothoracic surgery at VCU Health in Richmond, Virginia. Most recently, he was an attending surgeon and the director of mechanical circulatory support and lung transplantation at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Medalion also previously served as director of heart and lung transplantation and mechanical circulatory support at the Rabin Medical Center in Israel. He has been an STS member since 2016.

Sinha Heads to Connecticut 
Raina Sinha, MD, MPH, recently began a new position as a pediatric and adult congenital cardiac surgeon at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. She also holds a faculty appointment as assistant professor of surgery and pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Prior to this role, Dr. Sinha was a clinical instructor in pediatric cardiac surgery at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston. She has been an STS member since 2014.

Okusanya Heads to Philadelphia    
Olugbenga T. Okusanya, MD, has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Most recently, he was an assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Dr. Okusanya has been an STS member since 2019. 

Castillo-Sang Takes Position in Kentucky
Mario Castillo-Sang, MD, is now surgical director for mitral and heart failure therapies at Saint Elizabeth Healthcare in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area. He said he plans to establish a left ventricular assist device program at the St. Elizabeth Heart and Vascular Institute. Dr. Castillo-Sang previously created a similar program at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. He has been an STS member since 2012. 

Goldstone Moves to CHOP 
Andrew B. Goldstone, MD, PhD, will complete a fellowship in congenital heart surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania. Previously, he was an instructor in the Department of Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has been an STS member since 2014 and serves as the Resident Director of the STS Board of Directors.

Hasan Takes New Position in New York 
Sulaiman B. Hasan, MD, has joined Albany Cardiothoracic Surgeons and St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany, New York. He previously practiced as a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan where he served as chief of heart, lung, and vascular services and head of cardiothoracic surgery. Most recently, Dr. Hasan has been mainly in private practice in Charleston and Parkersburg, West Virginia. He has been an STS member since 2016.

Vega Accepts New Role in South Jersey 
Dennis Vega, MD, has joined the medical teams at Hackensack Meridian Ocean Medical Center in Brick, New Jersey, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford, New Jersey. Previously, he was the chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey. Dr. Vega has been an STS member since 2009.  

Bauer Leads Surgical Teams in New Jersey   
Thomas L. Bauer, MD, MBA, has been named chair of surgery for Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune City, New Jersey. He previously served as chief of thoracic surgery and medical director of thoracic oncology at Hackensack Meridian. Dr. Bauer will continue as an associate professor of surgery at Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University in Nutley, New Jersey. He has been an STS member since 2006.

Hanfland Joins Nicklaus Children's Hospital
Robert Hanfland, MD, is now part of the team with The Heart Program at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami, Florida. He moved from Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital and The University of Texas Health/McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas, where he was assistant professor in the Division of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Hanfland has been an STS member since 2016.