Member News: Summer 2019

Wood, Lahey to Serve on MEDCAC
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has invited two STS surgeon leaders to join its Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). Past President Douglas E. Wood, MD, FRCSEd, and Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy Chair Stephen J. Lahey, MD, began their MEDCAC service in June. The Committee was established to provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on clinical topics. Dr. Wood has been an STS member since 1995, and Dr. Lahey has been an STS member since 1991.

Guy Heads to Philly
T. Sloane Guy, MD, MBA, is the new director of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Most recently, Dr. Guy was an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine/New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He has been an STS member since 2006.

Bhora Leads Team at Health Quest
Faiz Bhora, MD, is the new chief of thoracic surgery and associate program director of surgery at Health Quest Health System in New York City. Previously, he was chief of thoracic surgery at Mount Sinai West and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospitals in New York. Dr. Bhora has been an STS member since 2005.

Massard to Launch New Training Program
Longtime Université de Strasbourg professor Gilbert Massard, MD, has moved from France back to his birthplace of Luxembourg. The University of Luxembourg in Luxembourg City has hired Dr. Massard as professor and director of medical education, tasked with creating a new bachelor in medicine program to launch in September 2020. He has been an STS member since 1996.

Takayama Moves Up at Columbia
Hiroo Takayama, MD, PhD, has been promoted to director of the Cardiovascular Institute and co-director of the Aortic Center at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Takayama has risen through the ranks at Columbia, completing his thoracic surgery residency and later directing the ECMO program there. He has been an STS member since 2011 and was the recipient of a 2017 Research Award from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation.

Navia Directs Cleveland Clinic Center
José Luis Navia, MD, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery and director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Center in Weston, Florida. Dr. Navia previously was vice chairman for innovations at the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart and Vascular Institute in Ohio, as well as a professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He has been an STS member since 2003.

Laudito Appointed Medical Director
Antonio Laudito, MD, is now medical director at The Heart Institute at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, Florida. Most recently, he worked as a cardiothoracic surgery specialist at Ocala Heart Institute in Florida, Hilton Head Hospital in South Carolina, and St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California. Dr. Laudito has been an STS member since 2002.

Cohen Directs Congenital Program
Gordon A. Cohen, MD, PhD, has been named director of Banner Children’s Congenital Heart Program at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Cohen previously was the Julien Hoffman Professor and Endowed Chair of Cardiac Surgery, vice chair of surgery, and surgical chief of pediatric surgery at the University of California San Francisco. He has been an STS member since 2004.

Kiser Is New St. Clair Chief
Andy C. Kiser, MD, MBA, has been named chief of cardiac surgery at St. Clair Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dr. Kiser previously was a distinguished professor and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery for the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. He is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Cardiac Access Training Institute, also in Greenville. Dr. Kiser has been an STS member since 2003.

Zehr Named Executive Director at DMC
Kenton J. Zehr, MD, is the new executive director of Detroit Medical Center’s Heart Hospital. He moves to Detroit from The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was an associate professor of surgery. Dr. Zehr has been an STS member since 2003.


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