Innovative vascular surgeon also to be chief of surgical services at Memorial Campus

January 2, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - Elias J. Arous, MD, a vascular surgeon and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, has been appointed vice chair for clinical affairs in the department of surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and chief of surgery for the Memorial Campus of UMass Memorial Health Care.

"I am genuinely delighted to welcome one of the preeminent surgeons in New England to a leadership position at UMass Memorial," said Dana K. Andersen, MD, chair of the department of surgery at UMMS and UMass Memorial. "Dr. Arous has a long and distinguished history of clinical innovation, academic commitment and exceptional patient care, and I look forward to working with him as he brings his many talents to bear as chief of surgery at the Memorial Campus."

Dr. Arous comes to UMass Memorial from a position as Director of the Vascular Lab and Chief of the Department of Surgery at St. Vincent Hospital/Worcester Medical Center-a teaching affiliate of UMMS, where he already holds an appointment as professor of surgery.

A graduate of Aleppo Medical School (Syria), Dr. Arous is widely known as an expert in new vascular and endovascular surgical techniques. Long recognized as an outstanding teacher, Dr. Arous received the Frederick J. McCready, M.D. Teacher of the Year award in 2001 from the University of Massachusetts Medical School's Surgical Residency Program. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons; and a member of the American Association for Vascular Surgery; the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery and the Association for Surgical Education.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $123 million in research funding annually. A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts' largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services. UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000

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