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New Chairman of Surgery named at Main Line Health

April 22, 2015 News Releases

(Bryn Mawr, PA) – Main Line Health (MLH) has named Patrick Ross, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. Dr. Ross succeeds Scott Goldman MD, who is stepping down to focus on his surgical practice through the Lankenau Heart Institute, after a distinguished 18-year tenure. In his new position, Dr. Ross will join MLH clinical leadership to further enhance the System’s integrated surgical teams and to standardize surgical programs across the System’s four acute care hospitals, working directly with surgical program leaders to evaluate and optimize procedures and technology. Earlier this month, Dr. Ross officially assumed his Chairman duties.

In welcoming Dr. Ross, Andrew Norton, MD, Chief Medical Officer, stated: “After an extensive national search, a multi-campus committee enthusiastically recommended Dr. Ross based on his clinical expertise and extensive experience in medical staff leadership. We’re extremely pleased that Dr. Ross has accepted our invitation to join MLH, and we are confident that his capabilities and expertise will further advance our commitment to excellence.”

Dr. Ross joins MLH after 24 years at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, OH, where he was Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Professor of Clinical Surgery. In addition, Dr. Ross was Director of the Thoracic Surgery Service at the medical center’s Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, where he served as Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2011. The James Hospital is a National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center and the third largest cancer hospital in the nation.

Dr. Ross earned his medical degree and a doctorate in physiology from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. He completed a general surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine and cardiothoracic surgery training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to his surgical leadership and training roles, Dr. Ross will have an active clinical practice with Main Line HealthCare Thoracic Surgery, devoting a significant portion of his time to direct patient care, particularly the evaluation and management of patients with thoracic tumors. Dr. Ross has performed more than 500 robotic thoracic procedures in less than 4 years and is one of the most experienced robotic thoracic surgeons in North America. His team at Ohio State performed 94 percent of lobectomies robotically—more than four times the national average for minimally invasive thoracic surgery. Additionally, Dr. Ross also brings expertise in the treatment of esophageal and mediastinal malignancies, treatment and palliative interventions for patients with tumors metastatic to the chest, and lung volume reduction surgery. Dr. Ross has contributed to more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, including American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Chest, and Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

The Main Line Health system also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence, the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award, and recognition as among the nation’s best employers by Forbes magazine. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.


Bridget Therriault
Director, Communications
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