H. Storm Floten, M.D., Named Head of Cardiopulmonary Surgery

07/12/99    Portland, Ore.

H. Storm Floten, M.D., has been appointed the new head of the Oregon Health Sciences University's Division of Cardiopulmonary Surgery. Floten also will continue as chief of cardiopulmonary surgery for the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an appointment he has held since 1985.

Floten, an associate professor of surgery at OHSU from 1985 through 1991, played an active role in OHSU's heart transplant program, retrieving the first donor heart that launched the 14-year-old program.

"We are enthusiastic about Dr. Floten's return to lead our cardiothoracic program," said Peter O. Kohler, M.D., OHSU president. "He has been a long-term contributor to OHSU and our affiliated VA hospital. He will provide valuable leadership to one of our most important university programs."

Floten succeeds Adnan Cobanoglu, M.D., who will be stepping down as head of cardiopulmonary surgery August 11. Cobanoglu will remain a professor of surgery at OHSU's School of Medicine through June 2000.

Floten will continue to participate as the senior surgeon for the private practice Starr-Wood Cardiac Group, which he has been a member of since 1982.

"We have accomplished two major objectives with the recruitment of Dr. Floten as chief of cardiothoracic surgery at OHSU," said Donald Trunkey, M.D., chairman of the Department of Surgery. "We have added a highly qualified surgeon to our team, and this appointment is a major step forward in integrating OHSU and the community cardiac surgery groups."

Floten, associate professor of surgery in the OHSU School of Medicine, has an extensive background as a cardiac surgeon. His research interests include the aneurysmal pathology of the thoracic aorta. Floten earned a medical degree from OHSU in 1971. He completed a surgery residency at New York University Bellevue Medical Center where he was both a chief resident in surgery, and in cardio-vascular and thoracic surgery.

"It is a pleasure for me to welcome Dr. Floten, a graduate of our medical school, to the position of chief of cardiothoracic surgery," said Joe Bloom, M.D., dean of the OHSU School of Medicine. "Dr. Floten told us that it was one of his dreams to come back to the school and be part of the medical education program that gave him his start. I know we will all benefit from his dedication to medical education and clinical care."