September 11, 2023
Keith D. Gray, MD, MBA, FACS, a surgical oncologist, has started a new role as president of the University of Tennessee Medical Center (UTMC) in Knoxville. He also will assume the position of UTMC chief executive officer starting April 1, 2024.
Dr. Gray previously served in various roles at UTMC, including executive vice-president and chief medical officer, chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology, chief-of-staff, and medical director for various service lines. Additionally, he co-founded the Physician Leadership Academy. For the ACS, he was a member of the Health Policy Advisory Council.
Grace Z. Mak, MD, FACS, is now chief of pediatric general surgery and surgeon-in-chief of Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. She also is professor of surgery and associate professor of pediatrics in the Department of Surgery at The University of Chicago.
A nationally recognized leader and pediatric surgeon, Dr. Mak has served in leadership roles in the Department of Surgery and at Comer, including program director of the pediatric surgery fellowship, medical director of the Comer operating rooms, and the inaugural vice chair of surgeon life and professional development.
Julie A. Freischlag, MD, FACS, has been named chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Board of Directors. She will become chair of the AAMC and serve a 1-year term starting November 1, 2024.
Dr. Freischlag, a vascular surgeon, is the chief academic officer and executive vice-president of Advocate Health, chief executive officer of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and executive vice-president for health affairs at Wake Forest University. She has held many leadership roles in the ACS, including Past-President, Past-Chair of the Board of Regents, Past-Secretary of the Board of Governors, and has served on several committees and workgroups.
Tom C. Nguyen, MD, FACS, a cardiothoracic surgeon, will take over this fall as chief medical executive and Barry T. Katzen Endowed Chair of Baptist Health Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute in Florida.
Dr. Nguyen currently serves as the Charles Schwab Distinguished Professor of Surgery, co-director of the Heart and Vascular Center, and professor and chief of the Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. He is highly regarded for his expertise in performing minimally invasive, high-risk heart operations and for his research on transcatheter aortic and mitral valve replacements.
Susan Tsai, MD, MHS, FACS, will join The Ohio State University in Columbus on November 1 as chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
Dr. Tsai currently is a professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. There, she also serves as director of the LaBahn Pancreatic Cancer Program and leader of the Gastrointestinal Diseased Oriented Team. In addition, she is chief of hepatopancreaticobiliary surgery at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Tsai has served as the president of the Society of Asian American Surgeons.
David A. Gerber, MD, FACS, a transplant surgeon-scientist, has been appointed chair of Ohio’s University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Surgery. In addition, he will serve as Christian R. Holmes Memorial Chair of Surgery.
Dr. Gerber previously was the George F. Sheldon Distinguished Professor with Tenure at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, vice-chair of the Department of Surgery, and chief of the Division of Abdominal Transplantation, as well as held research-based roles. A retired colonel in the US Air Force Reserve Medical Corps, Dr. Gerber also was an adjunct professor at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.