Member News: Summer 2021

Litle Is Thoracic Chief in Utah
Virginia R. Litle, MD, has joined Intermountain Healthcare in Murray, Utah, as chief of thoracic surgery and system-wide medical director of thoracic surgery. Prior to this role, she was chief of thoracic surgery at Boston Medical Center and professor of surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, both in Massachusetts. An STS member since 2007, Dr. Litle is treasurer of The Thoracic Surgery Foundation. 

Mangi Heads Cardiac Surgery at MedStar 
Abeel A. Mangi, MD, has joined MedStar Health System in Washington, DC, as the cardiac surgeon-in-chief for the health system and the chair of cardiac surgery at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. Before accepting this role, he was surgical director of the structural heart and cardiac valve program and managing director of the cardiac surgery network at Yale New Haven Heart and Vascular Center in Connecticut. Dr. Mangi also served as professor of surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut. He has been an STS member since 2011.

Cooke Named TSDA President-Elect 
David Tom Cooke has been voted president-elect of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA), becoming the first African American to hold the position. He will transition to a 2-year term as president in May 2023. Dr. Cooke is chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery at the University of California Davis Health in Sacramento and vice chair for faculty development and wellness, as well as director of the general thoracic surgery robotics program. An STS member since 2010, he leads the STS Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion. 

Mascio Leads WVU Children’s Heart Center 
Christopher E. Mascio, MD, now serves as executive director of the West Virginia University (WVU) Medicine Children’s Heart Center in Morgantown and division chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery in the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery. Previously, he was an attending surgeon in the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and associate clinical chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Mascio has been an STS member since 2007.

Meyer Moves Up at Northwell
David B. Meyer, MD, has been appointed system chief of pediatric and adult congenital cardiothoracic surgery for the Northwell Health System in New York, which includes Cohen Children’s Medical Center, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, and Lenox Hill Hospital. He has been an attending surgeon with Northwell since 2008. Dr. Meyer also is associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery and pediatrics at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Uniondale, New York. He has been an STS member since 2007.

Anderson Promoted to Chair 
Richard C. Anderson, MD, is the new chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP). He has been on the UICOMP faculty in the Department of Surgery for more than 20 years, serving as the surgery clerkship director, professor of clinical surgery, and section chief of cardiothoracic surgery. Dr. Anderson has been an STS member since 2003.

Kim Helps Guide Quality in Houston 
Min P. Kim, MD, was named vice chair of the Department of Surgery in Quality at Houston Methodist Hospital in Texas. He will continue to serve as the David M. Underwood Distinguished Professor of Surgery and head of the Division of Thoracic Surgery and associate program director of thoracic fellowship, as well as associate professor of surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at both Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, New York, and Houston Methodist Institute for Academic Medicine in Texas. Dr. Kim has been an STS member since 2013.   

Gleason Moves to Maryland
Thomas G. Gleason, MD, recently began a new position as director of cardiac surgery research and professor of surgery at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Prior to this role, he was co-executive director of the Heart and Vascular Center and chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Gleason also was formerly chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery, co-director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, and director of the Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pennsylvania. An STS member since 2004, he serves on the STS Board of Directors.

Shariati Takes on Two Director Roles at Mountainside 
Nazly M. Shariati, MD, has been named medical director of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Lung Cancer Screening/Lung Nodule Program at Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center in New Jersey. Previously, she served as associate chief of the department of thoracic surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. Dr. Shariati will continue as associate clinical professor of thoracic surgery at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences in Nutley, New Jersey. She has been an STS member since 2005.