Member News: Winter 2020

Moffatt-Bruce Is Royal College CEO
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA, is the new chief executive officer of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Ottawa. Most recently, she was executive director of the University Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Dr. Moffatt-Bruce is a member of the STS Standards and Ethics Committee, Workforce on Patient Safety, and The Annals of Thoracic Surgery Editorial Board. She has been an STS member since 2006.

Thourani Heads to Atlanta
Vinod H. Thourani, MD, has been appointed chief of cardiovascular surgery at Piedmont Healthcare’s Marcus Heart and Vascular Center in Atlanta. Previously, he was chair of cardiac surgery at MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute in Washington, DC. Dr. Thourani is a director-at-large on the STS Board of Directors and chairs the Workforce on International Meetings. He has been a member of the Society since 2008.

Nguyen Moves Up at UTHealth
Tom C. Nguyen, MD, recently was promoted to chief of cardiac surgery at the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, part of the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute in Houston, Texas. He previously was an associate professor at McGovern. Dr. Nguyen serves on the STS Workforce on Media Relations and Communications and the Workforce on Annual Meeting Program Task Force and has been an STS member since 2013.

Colditz Appointed to NIH Council
Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH, MPH, has been named to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils. The group advises the NIH director on emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, and knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis. Dr. Colditz is the Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery and director of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He serves as deputy editor for biostatistics for The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and has been an STS member since 2015.

Preventza Achieves Tenure at BCM
Ourania A. Preventza, MD, MBA, has been promoted to full professor of surgery with tenure at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She joined Baylor in September 2008. Dr. Preventza serves on the STS Workforce on Diversity and Inclusion, Workforce on Annual Meeting Program Task Force, and the STS/AATS Workforce on Health Policy, Reform, and Advocacy. She has been an STS member since 2005.

Freeman Leads Team at Loyola
Richard K. Freeman, MD, MBA, is the new regional chief clinical officer of Loyola Medicine in Chicago. He also is a professor in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Freeman was the system chief medical officer for St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. He serves on the STS Workforce on Media Relations and Communications and has been a member of the Society since 2002.

Quintessenza Returns to All Children’s
In February, James A. Quintessenza, MD, will become the chief surgeon and co-director of the Heart Institute at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. Currently, he is a professor of surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Kentucky Children’s Hospital in Lexington as part of a regional collaborative program; prior to that, he had worked at All Children’s for more than 2 decades. Dr. Quintessenza has been an STS member since 1993.

Bajona Directs Cardiac Surgery
Pietro Bajona, MD, PhD, is now the director of the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy center at Allegheny Health Network (AHN) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as well as director of the cardiac surgery division at AHN Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. Prior to this role, Dr. Bajona was surgical director of the hypertrophic cardiomyopathy program at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He has been an STS member since 2015.

Olivares Tapped to Edit New Journal
Carlos A. Olivares, MD, has been named editor-in-chief of a new scientific journal from the Mexican Society of General Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Olivares is a general thoracic surgeon at the Hospital General de Tijuana in Mexico. He has been an STS member since 2002.

Bhatia Selected for Medical Board Spot
Devinder S. Bhatia, MD, was appointed to serve a 6-year term on the Texas Medical Board. He is the only cardiothoracic surgeon on the board. Dr. Bhatia is the founder, CEO, and president of Southeast Texas Cardiovascular P.A. and also serves as chief of cardiovascular surgery at HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball. He has been an STS member since 2005.

Bedi Joins Ivy Hospital
Harinder Singh Bedi, MD, is the new chair of the Department of Cardiovascular, Endovascular, and Thoracic Sciences at the Ivy Hospital in Mohali, India. Previously, Dr. Bedi was a senior consultant at the Escorts Heart Institute in New Delhi and head of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana. He has been an STS member since 1999.


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