Cardiologist, Surgeon to Lead Strong Cardiac Transplant Team

August 01, 2000

Leway Chen, M.D., M.P.H., has been named director and senior transplant cardiologist for the cardiac transplant program at Strong Memorial Hospital of the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Chen, assistant professor of medicine, joined the medical center last fall in the Unit of Cardiology. In addition to caring for patients at Strong Memorial Hospital and St. James Medical Center in Hornell, he heads the Strong Cardiac Rehabilitation Center and conducts research related to heart failure and medical outcomes.

Chen earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at the University of Missouri (Kansas City), and received his master's degree in public health from the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle. He did postgraduate work at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, as well as the Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts. He also completed a cardiology fellowship at the University of Washington, with training in heart failure and heart transplant management. The University of Washington performs about 30 heart transplantations per year. Most recently, Chen completed a clinical scholars fellowship at the Seattle VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

"We are pleased to announce the addition of Leway Chen to our transplant team," says Bradford C. Berk, M.D., Ph.D., chair of the Department of Medicine, director of the Center for Cardiovascular Research and chief of Cardiology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "His expertise in the field of cardiac transplantation, combined with his strong leadership skills, will allow us to develop an outstanding program."

Chen will lead the transplant program with H. Todd Massey, M.D., who will join the medical center this fall as the program's senior transplant surgeon. Massey earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Georgia and his medical degree at the Medical College of Georgia. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and a thoracic residency at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. He most recently finished a fellowship in heart/lung transplant and adult cardiac surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C. Massey has been involved in more than 30 transplant cases.

"Dr. Massey's experience with cardiac transplant patients made him the perfect candidate for the position," says George L. Hicks, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center. "With the appointments of Dr. Massey and Dr. Chen, Strong Memorial has cleared one of the last hurdles to providing the full continuum of cardiac care for Upstate New York."

Chen and Massey must be certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing before the program can begin. Certification is expected in October. The first transplant may be performed by January.

The cardiac transplant program will provide transplants for adults and children. It complements the existing kidney, pancreas, small-bowel, liver and bone-marrow transplant programs. Cardiac transplants will be an integral part of a larger plan for the evaluation and treatment of patients with congestive heart failure.

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