Dr. Todd Rosengart, nationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon and a pioneer in gene therapy, has been named Chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.

"Dr. Rosengart has an impressive background as a cardiothoracic surgeon, scientist and educator, as well as the track record of a dynamic leader," said Dr. Paul E. Klotman, BCM president and CEO. "He will provide innovative direction to this important area, while continuing the department's legacy of excellence in patient care, scientific research and physician training."

His appointment is effective Nov. 1.

Rosengart is coming to BCM from Stony Brook University, where he serves as professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and co-director of the Stony Brook University Heart Center. He also serves as president of Stony Brook Surgery Associates and board officer of the Stony Brook Clinical Practice Management Plan.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to join the esteemed faculty of Baylor College of Medicine," said Rosengart. "The history of the DeBakey Department of Surgery is one of the great traditions of modern medicine, and I look forward to joining these physicians and scientists as part of a new era of accomplishment."

Rosengart is a NIH-supported scientist with nearly uninterrupted NIH funding since 1998, and has published extensively, most recently being named editor of Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. He was one of the early leaders in the field of gene therapy, with work beginning in the 1990s on gene transfer therapy and delivery and minimally invasive gene therapy delivery.

As a physician-entrepreneur, he is co-founder of Vitals.com, a leading health provider search and physician-patient interface website with over 11 million monthly visits. He also holds nearly a dozen patents, including those for a method of inducing angiogenesis, a remote sensing gene therapy delivery device, and an apparatus for creating anastomoses.

He has mentored many trainees, both in scientific research and clinical work, receiving a number of teaching and research awards for this work.

Rosengart received both bachelor's and medical degrees from the Honors Program at Northwestern University. He completed residency training at New York University Medical Center and was a medical fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

Prior to joining the faculty at Stony Brook University, he held positions on the faculty of Northwestern University where he was the inaugural Owen L. Coon Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

He has held positions with a number of national associations, including the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and the 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society.

He has served on the editorial board or as guest editor of several publications, including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, CT Digest, Council of Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia Newsletter, and the Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine and Surgery.