Chaikof named BIDMC's chief surgeon
Elliot L. Chaikof, MD, PhD, the chief of vascular surgery at Emory University in Atlanta and a leader in the development of minimally invasive endovascular therapies for aortic aneurysms, carotid disease and peripheral vascular disease, has been named chair of the Roberta and Stephen R. Weiner Department of Surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Chaikof will join the medical center on Aug. 1. He succeeds James Hurst, MD, who has been acting chief of the department since December 2007.
"Elliot Chaikof is a gifted surgeon and scientist who brings great leadership skills to BIDMC's already renowned surgery department," said Paul Levy, BIDMC's President and CEO. "He has a track record of bringing together the engineering and medical communities, enabling the development of clinically beneficial, cost-effective therapies that use evidence-based guidelines and practice standards in his field. That philosophy and expertise are critical in today's health care environment.
"On behalf of the board and the entire medical center, I also extend our enormous thanks to Jim Hurst, MD for his leadership of the surgery department over the past few years."
"I am proud to assume a leadership role in a hospital that has long been at the forefront of high-quality surgical care and research," said Chaikof. "When I look at the history of contributions made by members of this department, past and current, and the legacy of compassionate care at BIDMC, I feel very honored to become part of it."
"Among the important qualities Dr. Chaikof brings to BIDMC is that he is an outstanding teacher and mentor," said Stuart Rosenberg, MD, President & CEO of Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. "He has helped develop the careers of residents, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty engaged in efforts to provide surgical care of the highest quality as well to excel in research, innovation and discovery."
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