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."
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.
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
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.