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G. Randall Green named chief of cardiac surgery

G. Randall Green named chief of cardiac surgery

SYRACUSE, N.Y.-- G. Randall Green, MD, JD, MBA, has been named Division Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Upstate Medical University. He will also serve as co-director of the Upstate Heart Institute and associate professor of surgery.

Green’s appointment, effective Sept. 1, 2017, was announced by Steven Scott, MPH, FACHE, interim chief executive officer of Upstate University Hospital, and Robert Cooney, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.

The Upstate Heart Institute is a presidential priority in Upstate’s recently launched strategic plan, which calls for strengthening Upstate’s cardiovascular service by expanding existing cardiology and cardiovascular services, including the ECMO program, adopting new state-of-the-art cardiac intervention and surgical modalities.

Green, who was selected from a national search, comes to Upstate from St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center in Syracuse, where he is a cardiothoracic surgeon and has served as program director for the Division of Cardiac Surgery since 2011. He is also a partner with the medical practice Cardiac Surgery Associates of CNY, PC. Prior to joining the medical practice, he was affiliated with Cleveland Clinic New York, PC.

In the most recent state Health Department report on cardiac surgery outcomes (2012 to 2014), Green was one of six surgeons in the state and the only one in Central New York with a risk-adjusted mortality rate significantly lower than the state average.

“Dr. Green is an outstanding cardiac surgeon with high quality clinical outcomes and success in building quality programs,” Cooney said. “He brings to Upstate the expertise and experience necessary to help create the Upstate Heart Institute.”

Scott said Green is “an innovative thinker with a winning combination of business and medical expertise that will serve our patients well in establishing a new, comprehensive approach to heart care.”

Green said he was interested in Upstate’s plans to develop the Upstate Heart Institute. “My goal is to create a high quality, high volume, highly efficient academic cardiac surgical program that supports Upstate’s education and research missions,” he said. “I respect the fine clinical work being done at Upstate and am eager to build upon this foundation.”

Green holds an MBA from The Johnson School at Cornell University, a juris doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law and a medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He also studied at Oxford University, St. Peter’s College. He earned his undergraduate degree at Le Moyne College (1989).

He did his residency (general surgery), fellowship (cardiothoracic surgery), and internship in (general surgery) at Stanford University, as well as an additional fellowship (thoracic and cardiovascular surgery) at the University of Virginia.

He is board certified in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.

In addition to service on several local boards, Green is a member of the Strategy Group at the Center for Healthcare Innovation, a Chicago-based nonprofit “think tank” for health care innovations.

His professional society affiliations include the Society for Thoracic Surgeons, American College of Legal Medicine and the American and New York State bar associations.