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National Leadership in Medicine

Recognizing our Washington University physicians who excel in bringing world-class health care and national leadership to Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Ralph Damiano, Jr., MD, was elected President of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery (ISMIC) starting June 2010. ISMIC is the largest society in the world dedicated to minimally invasive techniques in cardiothoracic and vascular surgery. Damiano’s many contributions in this area include the introduction of robotic surgery in North America in 1998, the development of minimally invasive procedures to treat arrhythmias and the refinement of minimal-access valve surgery. He also serves as editor of Innovations, the organization’s official publication.

Damiano, John M. Shoenberg Chair in Cardiovascular Disease, also has been elected president of the Society of Clinical Surgery and appointed to serve as a permanent member on the Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) study section at the National Institutes of Health.

Timothy Eberlein, MD, surgeon-in-chief and director of the Siteman Cancer Center, has been named president-elect of the American Surgical Association. He will serve as president for the 2011-2012 term. The American Surgical Association is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious surgical organization, with membership including leading surgeons from around the world.

Eberlein’s research activities focus on tumor immunology and immune therapies. He is an actively practicing breast surgeon. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in 2004.
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