It's been a long wait, but Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center finally has a new chief of surgery.
Dr. Elliot L. Chaikof, (left), chief of vascular surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, will take over as head of the key department on Aug. 1. He is a leader in the development of minimally invasive endovascular therapies for aortic aneurysms, carotid disease and peripheral vascular disease, and also has a PhD in chemical engineering from MIT, hospital executives said.
He earned that degree while training as a surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Chaikof has three children and is married to Melissa Kershman Chaikof, a research analyst.
He succeeds Dr. James Hurst, who has been acting chief of the department since December 2007, when then-chief Dr. Josef Fischer went on sabbatical. Fischer, a controversial chief who is the subject of an ongoing gender discrimination lawsuit, then resigned in June 2008.
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