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Surgeon Named President-Elect of National Organization
Date:4/6/2009

DALLAS, April 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Michael Mack, M.D., a surgeon on the medical staff of THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano (THHBP) and medical director of cardiovascular surgery for Baylor Health Care System, has been named president-elect of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In this role, Mack will provide leadership for the more than 5,600 surgeons, researchers and allied health professionals worldwide who are members of the Society.

"Dr. Mack is an outstanding surgeon whose expertise, vision and leadership skills will undoubtedly serve the Society of Thoracic Surgeons well," said Mark Valentine, president of THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano. "He is one of a number of nationally and internationally known physicians on our medical staff, and we are proud of his success."

A Leader in Thoracic Surgery

Mack, who is both medical director of cardiothoracic surgery for Baylor Health Care System and chairman of THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Research Center, plays an active role in the field of cardiac surgery. In addition to serving as the president-elect of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Mack currently serves as president of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and president of the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education (TSFRE). He has served in leadership positions for numerous national and international organizations over the past 15 years. Mack also has more than 240 publications to his credit.

"The recognition of Dr. Mack for his leadership skills by a national physician organization speaks to the quality of physicians practicing at Baylor Health Care System facilities," says Paul Convery, M.D., chief medical officer and senior vice president, Baylor Health Care System.

Mack earned his medical degree from St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed an internship at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston, Texas, and residency at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn. He completed his surgery residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. Mack is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Surgery, and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

About The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Founded in 1964, the mission of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons is to enhance the ability of cardiothoracic surgeons to provide the highest quality patient care through education, research, and advocacy. Thoracic surgeons provide surgical treatment for diseases of the chest, including diseases of the heart, lung and esophagus.

About THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano

THE HEART HOSPITAL Baylor Plano is a joint venture between Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano and 112 cardiovascular physicians and surgeons practicing in North Texas. It is the first and only, free-standing, full-service heart hospital that offers cardiovascular diagnostic, interventional, and surgical capabilities as well as cardiac rehabilitation, wellness, and prevention services in a centralized, accessible location. This five-story facility is Baylor Health Care System's second dedicated heart hospital and the only one of its kind in North Texas.

About Baylor Health Care System

Baylor Health Care System is a network of hospitals, primary care and specialty care centers, rehabilitation clinics, affiliated ambulatory surgery centers and the Baylor Research Institute. One of the largest private-sector employers in Dallas/Fort Worth, Baylor employs more than 18,000 people and has more than 3,000 physicians on its medical staffs. Baylor University Medical Center, flagship hospital of the system, is a major patient care, teaching and research center for the Southwest. For more information, visit www.baylorhealth.com


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