Dr. Edward V. Bennett Named Head of Cardiothoracic Surgery Program
ALBANY, N.Y., February 8, 2011—Edward V. Bennett, M.D., one of the Capital Region’s top cardiac surgeons, has been named head of Albany Medical Center’s cardiothoracic surgery program. His appointment is effective March 1.
Dr. Bennett was previously at St. Peter’s Hospital, where he headed up that hospital’s cardiothoracic surgery program for more than a decade. He has a national reputation for minimally invasive cardiac surgical techniques and specializes in valve procedures. He is board certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
“This appointment further strengthens one of our institution’s strongest clinical programs,” noted Steven M. Frisch, M.D., executive vice president for integrated delivery systems and hospital systems general director at Albany Med. “With his keen focus on patient care and demonstrated surgical expertise, Dr. Bennett will lead an already nationally recognized team of surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists and support staff and position the program and institution for even greater success in the future.”
Recently, Albany Medical Center has received a number of national recognitions for its cardiovascular services program. In 2010, the institution was named one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Thomson Reuters—one of only two hospitals in upstate New York receiving that distinction. Consumer Reports also listed Albany Med’s cardiovascular surgery program in the nation’s top 50. Additionally, the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association jointly gave Albany Med one of their top awards for consistency in adhering to best practice protocols.
Other members of Albany Med’s cardiac surgery team include Lewis Britton, M.D., Stuart Miller, M.D., and Harry DePan, M.D. Dr. DePan, who had previously headed up Ellis Hospital’s cardiac surgery program, joined Albany Med in 2009.
Dr. Bennett, who completed residency training at Albany Med in 1980 and was briefly an attending surgeon at the institution earlier in his career, said he believes that patients at Albany Med benefit from the latest technology, enhanced teamwork and a system of greater checks and balances—all of which he said are inherent in an academic environment.
“I believe that Albany Medical Center has the team and resources in place to provide pre-eminent leadership in cardiothoracic surgery for decades to come,” said Dr. Bennett. “I am honored to be leading this charge.”
Since 2003, Dr. Bennett also guided the development of the cardiac surgery program at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh as medical director.
Since performing the first open heart surgery in 1958, Albany Medical Center boasts a long and impressive list of innovations when it comes to cardiovascular care. For example, in 1964 the institution opened the region’s first cardiac catheterization laboratory for diagnosing blocked arteries and four years later performed the first “balloon” angioplasty procedure.
While Dr. Bennett will oversee the division of cardiothoracic surgery, Drs. Britton and Thomas Fabian. M.D., will continue to serve as section chiefs of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, respectively.
Dr. Bennett received his undergraduate degree in biology from Fisk University in Nashville and his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. He did his first two years of surgical residency training at Johns Hopkins Hospital and completed five additional years of residency training at Albany Med. He also completed a two-year surgical fellowship at Johns Hopkins.
Prior to becoming a surgeon at St. Peter’s Hospital in 1991, Dr. Bennett held surgical and academic positions at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre, Pa.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and belongs to many professional societies.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center and the largest private sector employer in the Capital Region. The Center incorporates a 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, one of New York's largest teaching hospitals that includes about 300 physicians of the Albany Medical College Faculty Practice. Albany Medical College, one of the nation's first private medical colleges, educates many of the doctors and other medical professionals that practice in the region and provides residency and continuing medical education programs. Albany Medical Center also supports a biomedical research enterprise to further understanding of illness and discovery of tomorrow’s cures. For more information, go to www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.
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