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Edward Bove, M.D., appointed chair of new U-M Department of Cardiac Surgery

University of Michigan appoints world-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon to lead cardiac surgery department

Edward Bove, M.D., will serve as chair
of the U-M Department of Cardiac

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Edward Bove, M.D., a world-renowned pediatric cardiac surgeon, was appointed chair of the University of Michigan’s Department of Cardiac Surgery, following action by the University’s Board of Regents today.

Bove is the Helen F. and Marvin M. Kirsh professor of cardiac surgery at the University of Michigan and is the first chair of the new U-M department. 

The U-M Medical School launched the Department of Cardiac Surgery in January, elevating it from its former status as a section in the Department of Surgery. The new department is expected to build upon and enhance U-M’s expertise and reputation in cardiac surgery.

Heart programs at the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center and the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are consistently ranked among the best in the nation.

U-M doctors performs more than 2,000 heart operations a year and cardiac surgery at UMHS continues to evolve new approaches for the treatment of a large spectrum of cardiac diseases from congenital abnormalities to problems of the elderly.

“Dr. Bove is internationally renowned for his contributions to cardiac surgery,” says James O. Woolliscroft, M.D., dean of the U-M Medical School and Lyle C. Roll professor of medicine.

“His innovations and skill have enhanced the lives of thousands of patients and their families, and his ability to teach and mentor has developed a new generation of highly skilled cardiac surgeons who are also leaders in the field,” Woolliscroft says.

Bove and the pediatric surgical team at the University of Michigan Congenital Heart Center have revolutionized surgical approaches to congenital heart defects.

In his 26-year career at the U-M,  Bove has performed nearly 10,000 congenital heart operations. His patients are primarily children, born with severe heart malfunctions, but increasingly he cares for adults who survived their heart defects and require monitoring as adults.

Bove, of New York City, earned his medical degree at Albany College in New York. He completed a general surgery residency at the U-M Medical School in 1976 and another in thoracic surgery in 1977. He also completed a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in London, England.

He joined the faculty at the U-M as associate professor of surgery and associate professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases in 1985.

Bove has been listed among the Best Doctors in America and Who’s Who in Health and Medical Services for over 21 years. He has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, as well as provided leadership of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society, serving as president  from 2005 to 2008. 

He has delivered lectures and served as a visiting professor at multiple distinguished institutions both in the U.S. and internationally. 




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