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March 19, 2002


Emory Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Elected to Lead Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Robert A. Guyton, MD, Chief of Emory's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was elected First Vice President (President Elect) for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the organization's recent 38th Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dr. Guyton will assume the role of the organization's President in January of 2003.

The membership of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons includes the majority of the cardiac and general thoracic surgeons in North America, as well as approximately one thousand international members. Previously Treasurer of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Dr. Guyton has also served on the organization's Executive Committee, Council on Health Policy and Relationships and the Information Technology Committee.

"Thoracic surgeons participate in an exciting but complex field. Most thoracic surgeons train for eight to ten years after medical school before beginning to serve society as practicing surgeons. The mission of the Society is to help cardiothoracic surgeons serve patients better, by continuing education of surgeons, by patient information systems, and by quality improvement," Dr. Guyton said. "I am honored to have been selected by my colleagues to serve in this leadership capacity."

Dr. Guyton received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude, and completed a residency and fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He joined Emory in 1980.

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