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WPAHS Appoints Vice Chair, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Vascular surgeon Satish C. Muluk, MD, has been named Vice Chair of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS).

In this role, Dr. Muluk will help lead collaborative efforts to develop hybrid procedures for patients with cardiovascular disease, including hybrid robotic procedures for open-heart surgery and new techniques for the treatment of peripheral vascular disease. The use of percutaneous aortic valve devices and stenting devices in the thoracic aorta are among several other innovations that the team is pioneering at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) under his direction.

“I am delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Muluk to this critical role and am confident that he will be successful in promoting the growth of our department in all phases as hybrid technology evolves over the next decade,” said George Magovern, MD, Chair, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, WPAHS.

Dr. Muluk has a strong track record in advancing clinical, academic and research initiatives within WPAHS’ division of vascular surgery.  Under his leadership, the vascular program at AGH has grown exponentially over the past decade, to well over 2,000 operative procedures and Dr. Muluk serves as principal investigator on more than 20 clinical research projects.  

He was also instrumental in creating a curriculum for an integrated seven-year residency in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery established at AGH in 2010. This innovative residency allows residents to qualify for board certification in both vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery and is one of the first of its kind in the United States.

Dr. Muluk graduated summa cum laude from Boston University School of Medicine and completed general and vascular surgery training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He serves as a professor of surgery for Temple University School of Medicine and associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery for Drexel University College of Medicine.

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