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Publish Date: 04/15/02
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Merrill Named Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Cincinnati--Walter Merrill, MD, has been appointed chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine Department of Surgery. Dr. Merrill will hold the newly endowed John B. Flege, Jr., MD, chair in cardiothoracic surgery. Merrill will begin his term on July 1.

"Dr. Merrill's appointment as chief of cardiothoracic surgery is quite a coup for Cincinnati," said Jeffrey Matthews, MD, chief of the UC Department of Surgery. "He is a deeply-skilled specialist and will bring broad-based expertise in heart transplant, heart failure, valve repair and other complex procedures. Dr. Merrill will provide world-class leadership for the Department of Surgery's Cardiothoracic Program. We are fortunate to welcome him to the Department of Surgery and the College of Medicine."

Dr. Merrill is a cardiothoracic surgeon with special expertise in heart transplant, heart failure and cardiac valve repair as well as the treatment of lung and esophageal cancers. He is an active researcher focused on heart and lung transplantation and myocardial and cerebral protection. He comes to Cincinnati from Vanderbilt University, where he has been on faculty since 1983, serving as a professor of surgery, chief of the surgical services and formerly chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery Services at the Nashville Veterans Affairs Hospital.

A native of Andalusia, Alabama, Merrill received his bachelor's degree from the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee and his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received post-graduate training in general and cardiothoracic surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, the National Institutes of Health and the Hospital for Sick Children, London, England. Dr. Merrill is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Merrill has a long-standing interest in a wide range of clinical and educational activities involving cardiothoracic surgery and in many of the broader issues facing medicine today. He is the author of a number of scientific articles and is on the editorial board of several medical journals.

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