LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For decades, heart surgery has been one of the flagship clinical programs of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Today (Nov. 21, 2013), the UofL Board of Trustees created the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, elevating the program from a division within the Department of Surgery.
“Elevating this division to departmental status mirrors the structure of some of the nation’s premiere cardiovascular and thoracic programs and reflects the prominence of the UofL program,” said Dr. James Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville. “It further demonstrates the value of the program to the School of Medicine and the university.”
The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery is one of 22 departments – 17 clinical and five basic science – comprising the School of Medicine. Its creation is the first new department since formation of the Department of Urology in 2005.
“Our faculty and staff within this department are recognized internationally for their expertise,” said Dr. David L. Dunn, executive vice president for health affairs at UofL. “Creation of the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery reflects the importance of the program to the future growth of the UofL Health Sciences Center.”