Firstenberg named chair of cardiothoracic surgery at TMCA

Michael S. Firstenberg, M.D., FACC

In service to its mission, HCA/HealthONE’s The Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) announced that Dr. Michael Firstenberg has accepted the role of chair of Cardiothoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery effective July 1. Firstenberg recently joined TMCA from his previous role at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio.

In his new role, Firstenberg will provide leadership in further developing TMCA’s advanced multidisciplinary cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgical programs to serve the residents of Aurora, and the surrounding Mountain States region.

Firstenberg is trained in adult cardiac surgery with special interests in temporary mechanical circulatory support, complex coronary artery surgery, and congenital and acquired valvular and aortic problems. He has additional expertise in unusual cardiovascular problems including infections of heart valves, pulmonary embolisms and re-operative surgery. He has edited several books on topics in cardiac surgery, patient safety, and, most recently, medical leadership. He has written numerous book chapters and over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts. He is a sought-after speaker who travels around the world lecturing on topics in cardiothoracic surgery. He holds faculty appointments in the College of Graduate Studies and Departments of Surgery and Integrative Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University and is active in medical/surgical educational initiatives.

“We are proud to welcome Firstenberg into this new role at The Medical Center of Aurora,” said Dianne McCallister, M.D., the chief medical officer of The Medical Center of Aurora and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. “He brings with him years of experience and a level of service and quality that is world class.”

Firstenberg, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, attended medical school at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where he trained in general surgery; he also conducted advanced imaging and cardiovascular physiology research at The Cleveland Clinic. He completed his formal cardiothoracic training at The Ohio State University and an advanced surgical fellowship in heart failure, transplant, and mechanical support at The Cleveland Clinic. He was a tenure-track faculty member at The Ohio State University for seven years, specializing in adult cardiac surgery.

Firstenberg currently holds board certification in thoracic surgery. He has won numerous quality, patient satisfaction, and research awards and has been recognized as one of America’s Top Doctors in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery by Castle Connolly and as one of the Top Doctors in Cleveland by Cleveland Magazine. Firstenberg has been extensively involved in various clinical and basic science research activities. He is a member of several national and international professional societies and serves on several of their leadership committees, including currently serving as the Chair of the Credentialing and Member Services Committee of the American College of Cardiology, the first surgeon to be appointed to lead this important committee.

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