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Medical School:  University of Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

BSc., with First Class Honors, Biochemistry 1972
M.B., Ch.B. with Commendation, 1976


Royal College of Surgeons: F.R.C.S., Glasgow, Scotland, 1981




President Elect

Michigan Society of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons


Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery
Oakland University
Beaumont School of Medicine

Auburn Hills, Michigan
Appointed February 2011


Senior Active Attending

St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
Director of Cardiovascular Quality Assurance, 1993-present


Active Staff

St. John Macomb Hospital, Warren, Michigan


Courtesy Staff

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Clinton Township, Michigan

Henry Ford Macomb Hospital, Warren, Michigan


Consulting Staff

William Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Mercy Hospital, Port Huron, Michigan




Credentials Committee, St. John Hospital 1992 - 1997
Medical Executive Committee, Port Huron Hospital 1992 - 2009
Board of Trustees, Michigan Society of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgeons 2008 - present
Chairman, Cardiovascular Surgery Quality Assurance Committee, St. John Hospital 1992 - present
Adult Professional Practice Committee, St. John Hospital 2009 - present
Chairman June 2011
Medical Staff Professional Practice Committee 2011




American Board of Surgery


American Board of Thoracic Surgery


American College of Cardiology: Fellow - 1987 to present


American College of Surgeons: Fellow - October 1988



Research Fellow

Department of Pathology, Division of Histochemistry

Stanford University Medical Center, California


Intern (H.O.)

University Department of Medicine & MRC Blood Pressure Unit

(Head, Prof. Graham M. Wilson and Dr. J.I.S. Robertson)

Western Infirmary, Glasgow


Intern (H.O.)

University Department of Surgery

(Head, Prof. Sir Andrew Watt Kay)

Western Infirmary, Glasgow


Resident General Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Ohio

Department of General Surgery

(Program Director: Robert E. Hermann, M.D.)

1977 - 1982

Resident Thoracic Surgery

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland Ohio

Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

(Program Directors: Floyd D. Loop, M.D. & Delos M. Cosgrove, M.D.)

1982 - 1984


General Surgery: Surgical Assistant Program

Cleveland Clinic Foundation

1978 - 1981




The Faraday Medal, University of Glasgow, 1969


Carnegie Scholarship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1972


Nuffield Scholarship, Middlesex Hospital, University College, London, England, UK, 1975


MRC Fellowship, Medical Research Council Blood Pressure Unit, Glasgow, 1974




Prize: Ohio Chapter of American College of Surgeons Essay Contest: "Carotid Body Tumors" Akron, May 1981


Prize: Cleveland Surgical Society Essay Contest: "Post-operative Stroke and Late Neurological Results Following Carotid Endarterectomy", Cleveland, May 1981


William E. Lower Award, Honorable Mention, Cleveland Clinic Foundation "Post-operative Stroke and Late Neurological Results Following Carotid Endarterectomy", June 8, 1981.

The William Lower Award, established in 1936 by Dr. Lower, one of the Cleveland Clinic's founders, is designed to encourage original investigation and professional excellence in the preparation of scientific papers by residents and fellows.


George and Grace Crile Traveling Fellowship Award, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, June 15, 1982. Visits to Dr. Denton Cooley, Texas Heart Institute, Dr. E. Stanley Crawford, Methodist Hospital, Texas and Professor Kenneth Taylor and Professor Hugh Bental, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College, London U.K.

The George and Grace Crile Traveling Fellowship Award, funded by a grant from the Crile family, is presented each year to an outstanding surgery resident in training who demonstrates exceptional capability and effort.


Johnson Zacharias Award, American Heart Association, Michigan Chapter, 2003.




American College of Surgeons (Fellow)

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (Fellow)

American College of Cardiology (Fellow)

Oakland County Thoracic Society, Vice President

Michigan Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons, Councilor

Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation Alumni Association


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