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ECU surgeon elected to leadership post in Society of Thoracic Surgery

GREENVILLE, N.C.   (Feb. 28, 2006)   —   Dr. W. Randolph Chitwood Jr. was elected second vice president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons during the group's 42nd annual meeting Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in Chicago.

His election means Chitwood is in line to become president of the organization in 2008.

Chitwood is senior associate vice chancellor for health sciences at East Carolina University and chief of cardiothoracic and vascular surgery in the Department of Surgery at the Brody School of Medicine at ECU. He is also director of the East Carolina Heart Institute.

As second vice president during the coming year, Chitwood will sit on the board of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and its executive committee. He will also serve as the executive committee liaison to the STS Council of Quality, Research and Patient Safety.

"Dr. Chitwood has served the society in a number of important capacities over the years, including prior service on our board of directors, and is highly respected by his peers," said Robert A. Wynbrandt, STS executive director and general counsel. "He will be an extremely valuable addition to the society's senior leadership."

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is a non-profit organization representing more than 5,000 surgeons worldwide who provide heart, lung, esophageal and other surgical procedures of the chest. Its mission is to help cardiothoracic surgeons serve patients better.


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