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Two Honored for Their Outstanding Achievements and Exemplary Leadership in Cardiothoracic Surgery

Newswise – CHICAGO (January 30, 2022) – In recognition of their extraordinary efforts and unwavering service, Joseph A. Dearani, MD, and Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, have each received the 2022 Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons at the Society’s 58th Annual Meeting.

“It is an honor and a great pleasure for me to recognize the significant contributions of these two exceptional surgeons,” said STS 2021-2022 President Sean C. Grondin, MD, MPH, FRCSC. “We congratulate Dr. Joe Dearani and Dr. Joe Bavaria and thank them for their leadership and decades of selfless dedication to STS.”

Joseph A. Dearani, MD, Rochester, Minnesota

A member of the STS since 1997, Dr. Dearani has served on numerous management bodies of the Company; most recently he was president of STS. Dr. Dearani also chaired the Congenital Heart Surgery Task Force and the Surgical Treatment of Adults with Congenital Heart Disease Task Force. Additionally, he has held prominent leadership positions in other cardiothoracic surgery organizations, including the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the Congenital Heart Surgeons’ Society, and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF), the charitable arm of STS.

With interests and expertise in pediatric and adult congenital heart surgery, as well as robotic heart surgery, Dr. Dearani has authored or co-authored more than 550 peer-reviewed journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters. peers. In addition, he has participated in hundreds of presentations on these topics.

Also throughout his career, Dr. Dearani has been deeply involved in various humanitarian outreach activities in Asia and South America, having made over 20 trips to these continents over the past 2 decades. Additionally, he served as Medical Director of Children’s HeartLink for 20 years, leading efforts to train medical teams and working with government officials in low- and middle-income countries, providing education and transforming health care in regions. underserved in the world.

After completing his undergraduate studies at Fordham University in New York, Dr. Dearani received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and participated in a surgical fellowship at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He then completed residencies in general surgery at Georgetown University Medical Center and in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Mayo Clinic before enrolling in a fellowship in congenital heart surgery at Loma Linda University in California. Subsequently, he returned to the Mayo Clinic, where he has practiced ever since. Dr. Dearani is currently Director of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Mayo Clinic and Professor of Surgery at Mayo College of Medicine.

“Dr. Dearani’s contributions to the advancement of cardiothoracic issues are too numerous to list, and none are perhaps greater than those made during his tenure as President of STS from 2020 to 2021,” said the Dr Grondin.”Dr. Dearani has provided exemplary leadership in guiding the Society through a virtual Annual Meeting and supporting our members as we all continuously adapt to rapidly changing and highly uncertain times. His strong leadership and calm, thoughtful and respectful demeanor were just what STS needed to handle one of the toughest years for members and patients around the world.

Joseph E. Bavaria, MD, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Dr. Bavaria, member of the STS since 1996, is currently president of the TSF. He has also served on numerous management bodies of the Company; most recently he was president. Additionally, Dr. Bavaria has served as CEO of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the New Technology Workforce, as well as a member of the Higher Medical Education Workforce, Workforce workforce on the annual meeting and workforce on the international meetings.

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Bavaria spent much of his teenage years abroad, moving through Europe with his family. He began his high school education at the American School in Paris, France, before returning to the United States to complete his high school education.

Dr. Bavaria earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he later earned his medical degree and participated in the University of Washington’s Chemical Engineering Honors Exchange Program. ‘Edinburgh Scotland. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. Dr. Bavaria served as Chief Surgical Resident before completing additional residencies in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at University of Pennsylvania Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is Vice Chief of Cardiovascular Surgery and Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania.

With interests and expertise in aortic disease, aortic dissections, and aortic valve repair and preservation procedures, Dr. Bavaria has authored or co-authored more than 540 journal articles, abstracts, and peer-reviewed book chapters. In addition, he has participated in nearly 800 presentations on these topics.

“Dr. Bavaria has a long and distinguished career serving STS and as an outstanding academic surgeon,” Dr. Grondin said. “As President of STS, he brought an innovative and energetic leadership style that helped the Company to make significant progress in many areas such as collaborations with other international organizations. As President of TSF, Dr. Bavaria has worked tirelessly to financially support researchers and to ensure that several awards have been put in place to support our diverse membership. In 2021, the Foundation raised a record $3 million under his leadership.

The Distinguished Service Award, established in 1969, recognizes individuals who have made significant and far-reaching contributions to STS and the specialty.


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Founded in 1964, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a nonprofit organization representing more than 7,700 cardiothoracic surgeons, researchers, and allied health professionals worldwide who are dedicated to ensuring the best possible outcomes for heart, lung, and esophageal surgeries. , as well as other surgical interventions in the chest. The Society’s mission is to advance the provision of the highest quality patient care by cardiothoracic surgeons through collaboration, education, research and advocacy.