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October 26, 2011

Rush Appoints Chief of the Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery and Surgical Director, Heart Transplant Program
 

(CHICAGO) — Dr. Jaishankar Raman has been appointed chief of the section of adult cardiac surgery, surgical director of the heart transplant program, and professor of surgery, at Rush University Medical Center.

“Dr. Raman is an internationally-recognized leader in cardiac surgery, who has pioneered numerous new surgical procedures and devices focusing primarily on the improving treatment of heart failure and heart transplantation,” said Dr. Walter McCarthy, acting chairperson, Department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery. Raman has a wide range of surgical expertise in cardiac and thoracic procedures, specializing in complex, high-risk cardiac surgeries. He has pioneered the development of plates and screws to close the sternum for high-risk patients where there is chance the sternum will not heal with conventional wire closure. His clinical expertise encompasses chest wall and sternal reconstruction and minimally invasive approaches for cardiac, aortic valve, coronary artery and valve surgeries. His primary clinical and research interests are in the area of heart transplantation, heart failure and treatment of these conditions.

He has used new techniques to stop the heart from enlarging in heart failure patients; a method of restoring the shape and size of scarred heart chambers; the development of new surgical instruments used to perform minimally invasive procedures to treat abnormal heart rhythms such as atrial fibrillation; and new techniques for repairing the heart’s mitral and tricuspid valves. He has the largest regional experience in minimally invasive surgery for complex aortic problems, valvular heart disease and coronary artery disease.

“By looking at diastolic function and heart expansion, we can potentially find ways to identify patients at risk for heart failure and develop new treatments and comprehensive tests for the condition,” said Raman.

He was principal investigator for several multi-center trials and has performed more than 3,500 heart surgeries and more than 1000 thoracic operations. Raman has published more than 100 journal articles, and he holds patents for many new medical devices.

A renowned clinician and researcher, Raman comes to Rush from the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was since 2002. He previously held faculty positions at the University of Melbourne (Australia) and was a consulting surgeon at numerous hospitals in Melbourne. Raman received his medical degree from St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore, India; an MMed with a thesis in microsurgery from University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia; and a PhD for his study of ventricular containment in heart failure patients from the University of Melbourne. He completed a rotating residency in cardiothoracic surgery and fellowships in general and thoracic surgery and pediatric cardiac surgery in Australia.

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Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

Rush is currently constructing a 14-floor, 806,000-square-foot hospital building near the corner of Ashland Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway. The new hospital, scheduled to open in 2012, is the centerpiece of a ten-year campus redevelopment plan called the Rush Transformation, which also includes completion of a new orthopedics building, a new parking garage and central power plant, renovations of selected existing buildings and demolition of obsolete buildings. The new hospital is designed and built to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and use sustainable building materials. Rush is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  It will be the first full-service, “green” hospital in Chicago.

Rush’s mission is to provide the best possible care for its patients.  Educating tomorrow’s health care professional, researching new and more advanced treatment options, transforming its facilities and investing in new technologies—all are undertaken with the drive to improve patient care now, and for the future.


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