University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine has appointed Michael
Nussbaum, MD, interim chair of the department of surgery following the
resignation of Jeffrey Matthews, MD.
who served as Christian R. Holmes professor and surgery chair for five
years, will assume chairmanship of the department of surgery at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine on Oct. 1. A search to replace him will begin this fall.
someone like Jeff leave is always bittersweet,” says David Stern, MD,
dean of the College of Medicine, “but I know Mike will step in where he
left off and maintain the momentum for superb patient care and research
excellence that the department of surgery has achieved under Jeff’s
During his UC tenure, Matthews doubled the department's research funding—elevating UC’s department of surgery to 13th
in funding from the National Institutes of Health. He also doubled
clinical revenue through an expanded clinical trials program, increased
surgical weight loss and cosmetic surgery procedures, and
multidisciplinary specialized care clinics for pancreatic, liver and
vascular disease. The number of UC medical students choosing surgery as
their specialty quadrupled as the result of specific initiatives to
attract women and other minorities.
was also instrumental in establishing the Center for Surgical
Innovation. This $9.5 million, state-of-the-art research and teaching
center brings together military, academic and industry experts to
tackle unmet medical needs. Its work focuses specifically on minimally
invasive robotic surgery and telesurgery techniques.
a 26-year faculty member, is professor and vice chairman of clinical
affairs in UC’s surgery department and chief of staff at University Hospital.
Stern says the gastrointestinal surgeon is a proven leader locally and
nationwide, most recently in his role as a member of the board of
directors of both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board
of Emergency Medicine.
department is about innovation in health care,” says Nussbaum,
“improvements that will make a daily impact on the lives of our
patients and teach aspiring surgeons to become better caregivers.
Moving forward as a team, we’ll continue that strong vision reinforced
under Jeff’s leadership and work to propel UC’s department of surgery
to an even greater future.”