Member News: Spring 2019

Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD

Colson Selected as Chief
Yolonda L. Colson, MD, PhD has been named Chief of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Previously, she was the Associate Administrative Chief for Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, also in Boston. Dr. Colson has been an STS member since 2003.

Benjamin A. Youdelman, MD

Youdelman Appointed Director
Benjamin A. Youdelman, MD is now the Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, as well as Co-Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute’s Aortic Center. Previously, he was in private practice in Neptune City, New Jersey. Dr. Youdelman has been an STS member since 2004.

Lamelas Heads to Miami
Joseph Lamelas, MD has been appointed Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Professor of Surgery, and Director of the Residency Program at the University of Miami Health System. Previously, he was Associate Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston. Dr. Lamelas has been an STS member since 1995.

Sharma is Congenital Heart Surgery Chief
Mahesh S. Sharma, MD has been named Chief of Congenital Cardiac Surgery and Director of Pediatric Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as Co-Director of the North Carolina Children’s Heart Center. Previously, he was Director of Pediatric Mechanical Circulatory Support and Artificial Heart Technology at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Sharma has been an STS member since 2011.

Stella Named Director at Geisinger
Joseph J. Stella, DO, MBA is now the Director of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Previously, he was Program Director of the General Surgery Residency Program at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Dr. Stella has been an STS member since 2005.


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