The 17th Annual George C. Kaiser Lecture will be held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in the School of Medicine’s Schwitalla Hall Lecture Hall 1.
Vinod H. Thourani, M.D., will present “The Future of Surgical and Interventional Valve Surgery: Are You Ready for the Tsunami?”
Thourani is professor of surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery of Emory University School of Medicine and co-director of the Structural Heart and Valve Center of the Emory Heart and Vascular Center. He is a graduate of the Emory University School of Medicine and completed general surgery internship, residencies and fellowships at Emory. Thourani is the recipient of many honors and awards in the field of thoracic surgery; serves on numerous committees with the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, American Heart Association, and American College of Cardiology; and is on the editorial boards of multiple medical journals.
George C. Kaiser, M.D., is professor emeritus and former chief of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division at Saint Louis University. Kaiser began his surgical career in St. Louis in 1963 as an assistant professor of surgery where he contributed to the medical community and to SLU history as part of the team conducting the first heart transplant and first artificial heart placement at the University. He has led research teams through cardiac studies funded internally, by corporations, and the NIH. Kaiser served as director of the Thoracic Surgery Training Program, sending excellent physicians to both private and academic careers. He has served as an officer on numerous boards and medical societies including presidential terms with the Missouri Heart Association, St. Louis Surgical Society, St. Louis Thoracic Surgical Society, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He retired from practice in 1997.