Member News: Spring 2020

Backer Takes Position in Kentucky
In May, Carl L. Backer, MD, will become chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) in Lexington. He also will lead the KCH Division of the Joint Pediatric Heart Care Program, a collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Currently, Dr. Backer is the A.C. Buehler Professor of Surgery and chief medical philanthropy officer at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He has been an STS member since 1993 and serves on the Society’s Workforce on Surgical Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease.

Guleserian Heads to Dallas
Kristine J. Guleserian, MD, is the new director of the congenital heart surgery program at Medical City Children’s Hospital Heart Center in Dallas, Texas—and the only woman to lead such a program in the United States. She previously was director of the heart failure and transplant program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. Dr. Guleserian, who has been an STS member since 2007, chairs the Society’s Workforce on Congenital Heart Surgery and also serves on the Workforce on Coding and Reimbursement and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editorial Board. 

Wallace Becomes Director
Africa F. Wallace, MD, has been appointed director of thoracic surgery at Capital Health Medical Center in Pennington, New Jersey. Previously, Dr. Wallace worked at Piedmont Heart Institute in Atlanta. She serves on the STS Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion and has been an STS member since 2010.

Bhama Is Chief at Arkansas
Jay K. Bhama, MD, is now professor and chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. He also serves as surgical director for heart transplantation and co-director for the mechanical circulatory support and left ventricular assist device programs at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock’s Heart Failure and Transplant Institute. Previously, Dr. Bhama was chief of adult cardiac surgery and director of heart transplant, mechanical circulatory support, and ECMO at the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City. He has been an STS member since 2008.

Marshall Oversees Quality Efforts at BWH
M. Blair Marshall, MD, is now the associate chief for quality and safety and the Michael A. Bell Family Distinguished Chair in Healthcare Innovation in the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. Most recently, she was chief of thoracic surgery at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. An STS member since 2003, Dr. Marshall serves on the STS Workforce on General Thoracic Surgery.

Perry Named Division Chief
Yaron Perry, MD, was named chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in New York. Dr. Perry, who has been an STS member since 2012, previously was director of thoracic robotic surgery and minimally invasive esophageal surgery at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Ohio.

Tieu Directs Thoracic Surgery in Salem
Brandon H. Tieu, MD, has become director of thoracic surgery at Salem Health Medical Group in Oregon. Prior to this role, he was an associate professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland. Dr. Tieu has been an STS member since 2009.

Sakwa Appointed System Chief
Marc P. Sakwa, MD, was named system chief of cardiovascular surgery at MemorialCare Heart & Vascular Institute in Long Beach, California, and medical director of adult cardiovascular surgery at Long Beach Medical Center. He moved to California from Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, where he was chief of cardiovascular surgery. Dr. Sakwa has been an STS member for nearly 30 years, joining in 1991.

McGinn Moves to Miami
Joseph T. McGinn Jr., MD, has been named chief of cardiac surgery at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Florida. Previously, he was the endowed chair of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. McGinn, who has been an STS member since 1991, developed a minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting method known as the “McGinn technique.”

Mullett Tapped to Lead CoC
Timothy W. Mullett, MD, MBA, recently became chair-elect of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, which establishes accreditation standards to ensure quality, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care delivery. Dr. Mullett is medical director of the Markey Cancer Center Research Network at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He has been an STS member since 2001.

Altshuler Leads Cardiac Surgery
Jeffrey M. Altshuler, MD, is the new medical director of cardiovascular surgery at Saddleback Medical Center in Laguna Hills, California. He previously worked at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and has been an STS member since 1991.

Bryant Takes New Role in Phoenix
Roosevelt Bryant III, MD, has been appointed surgical director of the cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist device program at Phoenix Children’s Heart Center in Arizona. Previously, he served as surgical director of the heart transplant program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. Dr. Bryant has been an STS member since 2012.

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