Member News: Spring 2018

Richard L. Prager, MD

Prager Named Interim Chair
STS Immediate Past President Richard L. Prager, MD has been appointed Interim Chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is stepping in as the department launches its search for a permanent replacement for STS member Edward L. Bove, MD. Dr. Prager has served as Director of the university’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center since 2003. He has been an STS member since 1982.

Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA

Grubb Joins Emory
Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA is now Surgical Director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center and Assistant Professor of Cardiovascular Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. Previously, she was Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and Assistant Professor of Cardiac Surgery at the University of Louisville. She has been an STS member since 2010.

Chomiak Heads to Sarasota
Paul N. Chomiak, MD has been named Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System/Sarasota Memorial Cancer Institute in Florida. Previously, Dr. Chomiak was Chief of Thoracic Surgical Oncology at Sacred Heart Healthcare System in Pensacola. He has been an STS member since 2005.

Khoynezhad Moves to MemorialCare
Ali Khoynezhad, MD, PhD is now Director of Cardiovascular Surgery at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute at the Long Beach Medical Center in Los Angeles, as well as Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Previously, Dr. Khoynezhad served as Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Co-Director of the Integrated Atrial Fibrillation Program, Director of the Advanced Cardiac and Aortic Surgery Fellowship Program, and Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He has been an STS member since 2004.