Member News: Winter 2018

Moffatt-Bruce Named Executive Director
Susan D. Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD, MBA has been named Executive Director of the University Hospital at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus. Previously, Dr. Moffatt-Bruce was the Chief Patient Safety and Quality Officer at OSU. She also is a Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Informatics. Dr. Moffatt-Bruce has been an STS member since 2006.

Blackwell Named Chief
Ray A. Blackwell, MD has been appointed Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Christiana Care Health System’s Center for Heart & Vascular Health in Newark, Delaware. He also has been named the W. Samuel Carpenter III Distinguished Chair of Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Blackwell has been an STS member since 2003.

Mihaljevic to Lead Cleveland Clinic
Tomislav “Tommy” Mihaljevic, MD has been named President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Mihaljevic has held various roles with the Clinic, including CEO of the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, since he joined the organization in 2004. He has been an STS member since 2004.

Lobdell to Head Regional Quality Efforts
Kevin W. Lobdell, MD is now Director of Regional Cardiovascular Quality, Education, and Research at the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, North Carolina. Previously, he was Director of Quality at the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute within the Carolinas HealthCare System. Dr. Lobdell has been an STS member since 2007.

Reemtsen Appointed Heart Institute Director
Brian L. Reemtsen, MD has been named Director of the Heart Institute at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. Dr. Reemtsen also holds the Log-a-Load for Kids of Arkansas Endowed Chair for Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery. Previously, he was Chief of Congenital Heart Surgery and Pediatric Heart Transplant at UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital. Dr. Reemtsen has been an STS member since 2011.

Oduntan Moves to Florida
Olusola Oduntan, MD has joined the University of Florida in Gainesville as an Associate Professor in the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He directs the thoracic oncology program with an emphasis on esophageal surgery. Dr. Oduntan previously was an Associate Professor at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He has been an STS member since 2012.

Wood Elected to Board of Regents
Douglas E. Wood, MD, FRCSEd has been elected to serve on the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents. The Board of Regents formulates policy and directs the affairs of the College. Dr. Wood, an STS Past President, is the Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has been an STS member since 1995.

Shemin on Board of Governors
Richard J. Shemin, MD has been elected to the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors as a Surgical Specialty Society Governor. Specialty Society Governors serve as communication links between ACS Fellows and the Board of Governors. Dr. Shemin holds the Robert and Kelly Day Chair in Cardiothoracic Surgery and is Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California Los Angeles. He has been an STS member since 1986.

Finley Honored for Service
Richard J. Finley, MD has received the Distinguished Service Award of the American College of Surgeons. He was recognized for “his leadership as a driving force for change to better train future surgeons by electronic means and skills learning modules.” Dr. Finley, an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre, has been an STS member since 1985.

Robicsek Receives Humanitarian Award
Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD, a retired surgeon from Charlotte, North Carolina, was a recipient of an American College of Surgeons Surgical Humanitarian Award. He received the award for more than 50 years of work in providing cardiothoracic surgical services and establishing a medical infrastructure in Central America. Dr. Robicsek, cofounder of a humanitarian aid organization that is now known as the International Medical Outreach Program, was the first to perform open heart operations in Honduras and Guatemala. He has been an STS member since 1966.


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