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George L. Hicks, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-2509

Office: (585) 275-1510

Fax: (585) 244-7171

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Professional Background

George Hicks, M.D., Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center, received his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and additionally completed his residency and fellowship from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Hicks joined the Department of Surgery in 1981 and had been Chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery for 26 years and has been program director for Cardiothoracic surgery since 1990. His areas of special interest include coronary artery disease, aortic and valve surgery and the use of cardiac simulation for educational purposes.
Dr. Hicks has been nationally involved in developing cardiac simulation for use in resident education. He has been integral in pioneering new methods of assessment and simulation through a cardiothoracic "boot camp", new technology seminars and local skill sessions with residents and medical students.
Dr. Hicks is a member of the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, Society for Thoracic Surgeons, Chairman of Workforce on Education STS, past President of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, the Chairman of the Education Committee ABTS, Co-Chair of the Committee on Evaluation of LMS/CMS for global curriculum, recipient of national societies award for teaching and is a member of several more boards and societies.



Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1978 - 06/30/1979
Fellowship in Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery) at University of Rochester Medical Center

09/01/1977 - 06/30/1978
Residency in Thoracic Surgery (Cardiothoracic Vascular Surgery) at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

09/01/1972 - 06/30/1977
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

09/01/1971 - 06/30/1972
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at University of Rochester School of Medicine GME

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Thoracic Surgery Residents Association Socrates Award

Alpha Omega Alpha - Rochester, 1971


Journal Articles

Hicks GL. "Invited Commentary." The Annals of thoracic surgery.. 2019 Jun; 107(6):1698. Epub 2019 Mar 16.

Hicks GL. "Commentary: Can a fracture be a good thing, and when?" The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.. 2019 Feb 1; Epub 2019 Feb 01.

Mokadam, Nahush A. MD; Fann, James I. MD; Hicks, George L. MD; Nesbitt, Jonathan C. MD; Burkhart, Harold M. MD; Conte, John V. MD; Coore, Daniel N. PhD; Ramphal, Paul S. MD; Shen, K. Robert MD; Walker, Jennifer D. MD; Feins, Richard H. MD. "Experience with the Cardiac Surgery Simulation Curriculum: Results of the Resident and Faculty Survey". Ann. Thoracic Surg. 2017; 103: 322-328.

Books & Chapters

Book Title: Cardiac Surgery Simulation Curriculum
Author List: Richard H. Feins, MD, Harold M. Burkhart, MD, Daniel Coore, MD, John Conte, MD, James Fann, MD, George L. Hicks, MD, Nahush Mokadam, MD, Jonathan Nesbitt, MD, Paul Ramphal, MD, K. Robert Shen, MD, Jennifer Walker, MD
Published By: AHRQ 2015

Chapter Title: Cardiopulmonary Bypass (CPB) Module
Book Title: Cardiac Surgery Simulation Curriculum. simulation-based training in surgical skills and decision making
Author List: Burkhart, Harold M, Hicks, George L. Jr
Edited By: Richard H. Fines on behalf of authors & TSDA
Published By: Funded by US Dept of Hlth & Human Services Agency Healthcare Research & Quality 2015

Chapter Title: Simulation In Cardiothoracic Surgery
Book Title: The Comprehensive Textbook of Healthcare Simulation
Author List: Fann, James; Feins, Richard; Hicks, George
Edited By: Adam I. Levine; Samual DeMaria, Jr; Andrew D. Schwartz; Alan J. Sim
Published By: Springer New York Heidelberg Dordrecht London 2013




Less Invasive Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Introduced at URMC