Widely-known cardiothoracic expert to join faculty at UMass Medical School

January 2, 2002

Worcester, Mass. - Christian T. Campos, MD, a cardiac surgeon whose analysis of coronary artery surgery outcomes has improved cardiac surgery worldwide, has joined UMass Memorial Health Care and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Campos comes to UMass Memorial from Worcester Medical Center's department of cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, where he also held an appointment as a lecturer in surgery at the Harvard Medical School in Boston.

"Dr. Campos is a widely respected surgeon who brings both excellent clinical skills and a track record of superb clinical research to our department," said Dana K. Andersen, MD, chair of the department of surgery at UMMS and UMass Memorial. "His examination of surgical outcomes has advanced both cardiac surgery and our understanding of the role of diet and lipid metabolism in the development of atherosclerosis."

While at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Dr. Campos was the principal investigator of a two-year study, supported by a grant from the American College of Surgeons, to measure the outcomes of coronary artery bypass surgery, utilizing extensive databases that were created to examine the mortality and procedure-related morbidity of cardiac surgery. Today the definition of "successful surgery" has changed to include various measures such as cost and length of hospital stay and time and extent of return to full functional status, in addition to an improved quality of life.

Dr. Campos has also studied the epidemiology of lipoproteins and atherosclerosis, and was the principal investigator of a multi-centered study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that examined the impact of cholesterol reduction on survival of patients with coronary artery disease. He is presently examining the impact of diabetes on clinical, functional, and economic outcome following coronary artery surgery.

A 1979 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1983 graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Campos served both his internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis. He then served his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Deaconess Hospital in Boston (now Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center). He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons; a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the council on epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association; an ad hoc member of the executive council of the Society of University Surgeons; and a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and the Boston Surgical Society.

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. Outcomes research, or the analysis of the results of treatment, is a major focus of investigation at UMass Memorial, and Dr. Campos' interests are an important addition to these programs.

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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