Member News: Summer 2020

Dodge-Khatami Takes Position in New York
Ali Dodge-Khatami, MD, PhD, is now professor and system chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery at Northwell Health hospitals in New York, including the Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. Previously, he was director of pediatric cardiac surgery at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas; he also has led congenital heart surgery programs at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson and the University Heart Center in Hamburg, Germany. Dr. Dodge-Khatami has been an STS member since 2003.

Jacobs Joins UF
Jeffrey P. Jacobs, MD, has accepted a position as professor of surgery at the University of Florida Congenital Heart Center. Previously, he was professor of surgery and pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, as well as chief of cardiovascular surgery and co-director of Johns Hopkins All Children’s Heart Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. Dr. Jacobs, who has been an STS member since 2002, is senior editor of the congenital section of the STS Cardiothoracic Surgery E-Book.

Rokkas Is New Chief in Vermont
Chris K. Rokkas, MD, has been appointed professor and chief of cardiothoracic surgery and the Frank P.  Ittleman Chair in Surgery at the University of Vermont in Burlington. Previously, he was a professor of
cardiothoracic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Dr. Rokkas has been an STS member since 2002.

Çiçek Selected as Chief
M. Sertaç Çiçek, MD, has been appointed professor and chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at West  Virginia University (WVU) Heart and Vascular Institute and WVU Medicine Children’s in Morgantown.
Previously, Dr. Çiçek worked at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He also served as director of the heart surgery center at the Anadolu Medical Center/Johns Hopkins Medicine in Istanbul, helping the program grow from 200 cases per year to more than 1,000. Dr. Çiçek has been an STS member since 2001. 

Murphy Tapped to Lead Safety and Quality
Charles Murphy Jr., MD, CPPS, has been appointed as chief quality and patient safety officer for Jupiter Medical Center in Florida. Most recently, he served as chief patient safety officer at the Inova Heart and
Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Virginia. Dr. Murphy, who has been an STS member since 2013, also
previously was associate chief patient safety officer and medical director of intensive care units at Duke
University Health System in Durham, North Carolina.

Edgerton Appointed Adjunct Professor
James R. Edgerton, MD, has been named an adjunct professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He will continue as a senior clinical scientist at Baylor Scott & White Health in Dallas, Texas, where he maintains an active research program, and as an adjunct professor of biology at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. An STS member since 1994, Dr. Edgerton currently serves on the Council on Clinical Practice and Member Engagement.

Schutz Named Assistant Professor
Alexander Schutz, MD, is now an assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and co-director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Houston. He completed his cardiothoracic residency training at the Texas Heart Institute/BCM and served as the administrative chief resident. Dr. Schutz has been an STS member since 2016.

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