Boston Medical Center Names New Chief Of Cardiac Surgery

Contact: Gina M. Digravio, 617-638-8491 | gina.digravio@bmc.org

Robert Poston, MD, has been named chief of cardiac surgery at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and will be recommended for an appointment as an associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). He will begin his duties on March 1, 2008.

Prior to these appointments, Poston served as an associate professor of cardiac surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, where he had been on faculty since July 2002.

Poston has pioneered the use of robotics in minimally-invasive surgery to treat the most complex forms of coronary artery disease, which afflicts 16 million Americans (and is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming one million lives each year.) BMC, under Poston’s leadership, will be the only hospital in Boston, and one of only a handful in the nation, to offer this innovative procedure which uses the da Vinci® Robotic surgical equipment.

Minimally invasive, robotically-assisted bypass surgery allows the surgeon to remove or re-direct a blood vessel from one part of the body and place it around the obstructed part of the artery, effectively by-passing it, and restoring blood flow to the heart muscle. With this procedure the patient has smaller scars, fewer side effects and complications, less pain, reduced risk of infection and faster recovery than with conventional bypass graft surgery.

Poston received his under graduate degree in biology from University of Texas at Austin and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School, Baltimore. He completed a general surgery residency at the University of California-San Francisco; a research fellowship in the department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Transplant Laboratory, at Stanford University School of Medicine; and a cardiothoracic residency at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

The recipient of funding from the NIH (RO1), Poston has authored/co-authored 91 papers and abstracts.