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Pioneering Heart Surgeon, Robert E. Michler, M.D., Appointed Chair of Surgery and Surgeon-in-Chief at Einstein and at Montefiore Medical Center
Date:4/4/2008

NEW YORK, April 4, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert E. Michler, M.D., the internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon who first used minimally invasive and robotic surgery on heart patients, and who pioneered the safe use of human muscle cell injections to treat congestive heart failure, has been named Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and at Montefiore Medical Center, as well as Surgeon-in-Chief at Montefiore. The appointments were announced jointly by Allen M. Spiegel, M.D., The Marilyn and Stanley M. Katz Dean at Einstein, and Steven M. Safyer, M.D., President and CEO at Montefiore. Dr. Michler will continue to serve as the Samuel Belkin Professor and Chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, a position he has held since 2005.

In his role as Surgeon-in-Chief, Dr. Michler will oversee all administrative surgical activities in the Montefiore Health System. Dr. Michler's vision for the Department of Surgery includes the development of a Center for Surgical Clinical Trials and the recruitment of renowned and promising surgeons in the fields of surgical oncology, breast surgery and women's health, colorectal surgery, pancreas surgery, and minimally invasive surgery.

"Rob was the unanimous choice, particularly in light of the enormous respect he has garnered among his fellow surgeons and the leadership at Einstein and at Montefiore," said Dr. Spiegel. "We are confident that, in his dual role leading the departments of surgery as well as cardiothoracic surgery, his leadership and vision will further strengthen the clinical, research and teaching capabilities within the Department of Surgery that are integral to the medical school's mission."

"Rob Michler's extraordinary talents as a clinician, teacher and researcher make him the perfect choice to lead our surgical programs," said Montefiore President and CEO Steven M. Safyer, MD. "Montefiore and
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