Two New Cardiothoracic Surgeons Join the Staff

Browns Mills, NJ (October 16, 2014) – Joseph P. Chirichella, President and CEO, Deborah Heart and Lung Center, New Jersey’s only specialty heart, lung, and vascular hospital, has announced the appointment of Paul G. Burns, M.D., as new Chair of Surgery and Attending, Cardiothoracic Surgery. As well, Ronald E. Ross, M.D., has been appointed as new Associate, Cardiothoracic Surgery.

Both appointments were effective September 1, 2014.

Dr. BurnsDr. Burns of Chatham, New Jersey, joins Deborah from the Barnabas Health System. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Princeton University, and his medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. He served a residency and cardiothoracic research fellowship from 1989-1996 at Deaconess Hospital at Harvard Medical School. Following that he served his cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at New York Hospital, Cornell Medical School and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Since 1998 Dr. Burns has been an Attending Surgeon, working at Sinai Hospital, St. Joseph Medical Center, and Union Hospital (Maryland); and St. Barnabas Health Care System and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. Board certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, he is also a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He holds numerous awards, and has been involved in a variety of research projects as well as being widely published in Surgical Forum, Current Opinion in Cardiology, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Circulation, and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, among others.

Dr. RossDr. Ross of Rochester, New York, is the recipient of numerous special awards, and joins Deborah from his recently completed cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital at the University of Rochester. A 2003 medical school graduate from the University of Guyana School of Medicine, he served a rotational internship and as house officer in the Department of Surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Barbados, followed by a general surgery internship and residency at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York. Board certified in General Surgery, Dr. Ross has had numerous publications in The American Journal of Surgery, Surgical Endoscopy, The Annuals of Thoracic Surgery, and Journal of the American College of Surgeons, among others.

“It is a pleasure to welcome these two talented, well-respected surgeons to Deborah,” said Chirichella. “I am delighted to bring their skill and expertise to our patients.”

Vice President, Medical Affairs, and Chair of Surgery, Emeritus, Lynn B. McGrath, M.D. agreed.

“Both of these surgeons possess a demonstrated high-level of surgical skill,” he said. “They will make an excellent addition to our surgical department, and Dr. Burns promises to lead the surgery department with a great deal of talent and vision for the future of Deborah.”