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Dr. Michael Liptay Appointed as Chair of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center

(CHICAGO) – Dr. Michael J. Liptay has been appointed chairperson of the department of Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center.

“Liptay is a national leader in the development of minimally invasive thoracic surgery and an early adopter of video-assisted thoracic surgery (VATS), which has revolutionized surgery of the chest,” said Dr. Thomas Deutsch, dean of Rush Medical College. The department is comprised of adult and pediatric cardiac surgery, thoracic surgery, and vascular surgery.

Liptay came to Rush in 2006 to lead the division of Thoracic Surgery, which has grown significantly over the years. He has been the program director of the thoracic surgery fellowship at Rush since 2010. He was promoted to professor in 2010 and later named to the Mary Denney Weaver Chair in Cancer Research in 2011.

Liptay graduated from Northwestern University medical school and completed a general surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis. He then completed a fellowship in cardiac and thoracic surgery at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard University Medical School, in Boston.

Throughout his career, Liptay has been actively involved in research. He has authored more than 100 manuscripts and book chapters in the field of thoracic surgery. His research efforts have focused on mechanisms of lung cancer spread and serum biomarkers. He has been a leader in the application of minimally invasive techniques for the treatment of lung, esophageal and mediastinal tumors.

Liptay also holds leadership roles in numerous professional and scientific organizations, including the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association, editor of the Thoracic Surgery News, and Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.

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