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ECU Surgeon Elected to Lead Thoracic Resident Physician Programs in U.S.

June 12, 2015 by Kathy Neal

GREENVILLE ─ Dr. Mark Iannettoni, vice chair, department of cardiovascular sciences for East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine and director of the thoracic surgery residency program at Vidant Medical Center, has been named president of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association (TSDA). His two-year term began this month.

The TSDA is a national membership organization for cardiothoracic surgery residency program directors. TSDA provides resources for program directors and coordinators, and supplemental curriculum materials and resources for general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery residents.

“It is a great privilege to serve as leader for thoracic residency programs at medical centers across the country,” said Dr. Iannettoni. “I look forward to working with the TSDA executive committee and members to ensure those programs continue to provide the highest-quality education and training for resident physicians.”

Thoracic surgeons operate on organs contained within the chest, such as lungs and the esophagus. Dr. Iannetoni’s clinical interests include all diseases of the esophagus with a special focus on foregut surgery and esophageal cancer, as well as lung cancer and all aspects of general thoracic surgery. “Foregut” refers to the front part of the digestive tract, which starts at the mouth and continues to the stomach. 

He is board-certified in both general and thoracic surgery and completed a specialty fellowship in esophageal and lung surgery. He has published more than 100 articles in these areas of research. 

"This is a great honor for Dr. Iannetoni and for our residency programs overall," said. Dr. Herb Garrison, associate dean of graduate medical education at East Carolina University's Brody School of Medicine and Vidant Medicial Center, where he is an emergency physician. "Dr. Iannetoni's national leadership position and outstanding residency program experience will help us continue to strengthen and expand our physician training programs."

Dr. Iannettoni joined ECU’s Department of Cardiovascular Sciences and the East Carolina Heart Institute in 2014. He is professor, vice chair, and chief of general thoracic surgery and organized the thoracic surgery residency program here. His clinical areas of expertise include benign and malignant esophageal disease and new therapies for lung cancer.
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