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Published on September 17, 2015

Jefferson Health Appoints Rohinton J. Morris, M.D., FACS,

Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

PHILADELPHIA, PA – September 17, 2015 – Jefferson Health announced the appointment of Rohinton J. Morris, M.D., FACS, as Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Professor of Surgery in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Morris will see patients and guide clinical operations on both Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Abington Hospital campuses, the first cross-campus appointment at the division level for the organization. He will also oversee the division’s academic and research missions.

“When we announced the merger with Abington, we made it clear that this partnership allows us to leverage the best talent across both our organization on behalf of our patients and students,” said Stephen Klasko, M.D., MBA, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health. “Dr. Morris’ experience as a dedicated teacher, researcher and surgeon will be a great resource as we further integrate our cardiothoracic surgery programs.”

“Abington’s Heart and Vascular Institute has had the benefit of Dr. Morris’ surgical talents and leadership for more than five years,” said Laurence M. Merlis, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jefferson Health. “We are thrilled Dr. Morris has accepted this important cross-campus appointment, enabling him to bring his surgical expertise to the patients of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, while retaining a practice at Abington.”

Dr. Morris has served as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute at Abington Hospital since 2010, after serving as Director of the Heart Transplant/Mechanical Assist Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

“On behalf of the Department of Surgery, I’m thrilled to welcome Dr. Morris to Sidney Kimmel Medical College,” said Charles J. Yeo, M.D., FACS, the Samuel D. Gross Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. “His commitment to his patients and dedication to academic medicine are a perfect fit for Jefferson’s values and mission.”

Dr. Morris has authored or co-authored more than 40 research articles in peer-reviewed publications and serves as a medical reviewer for Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Heart & Lung Transplantation, and Circulation. He has presented abstracts and spoken, by invitation, on cardiothoracic subjects at dozens of medical symposia and meetings in the U.S. and abroad. He has been named as a “Top Doc” several times in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Top Doctors” issues, and recognized by Castle-Connolly as one of “America’s Top Surgeons.”

In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Morris is a member of the American Medical Association, International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Philadelphia Academy of Surgeons, and other professional organizations.

Dr. Morris completed his undergraduate education at Juniata College and earned his medical degree from Hahnemann University. His postgraduate training and fellowships include a general surgical and cardiothoracic residency at Hahnemann University Hospital.  

About Jefferson — Health is all we do.

Our newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Jefferson Health and Thomas Jefferson University, representing our clinical and academic entities.  Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 13 outpatient and urgent care centers, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey.  Together, these facilities serve more than 78,000 inpatients, 238,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia.  Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties.  Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township.

Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,900 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC); Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

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