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Danny Chu was named president-elect of the Society of University Surgeons


Danny Chu, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Society of University Surgeons (SUS). He has served as secretary of the society since 2021.

SUS is generally recognized as the world’s premier academic organization dedicated to the advancement of surgical sciences and supporting surgical leaders. Its members have played crucial roles in nearly all the critical developments within the field of modern surgery, from the most basic scientific breakthroughs to technological advances used at the bedside and in the operating room.

Pitt professors of surgery have a strong tradition of SUS leadership. Allan Tsung (2018), David A. Geller (2009), George K. Gittes (2005), Timothy R. Billiar (2000), Richard L. Simmons (1977), and Henry “Hank” T. Bahnson (1965) have previously led the society with distinction.

Chu, also director of cardiac surgery at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, is a recognized expert in the Ozaki procedure, an innovative aortic valve-replacement technique using tissue from the sac around the heart instead of mechanical or animal tissue replacements. In keeping with the School of Medicine’s tradition of educational and clinical excellence, Chu hosts surgeons from around the world at Pitt for formal proctorships.

“We’re privileged to work with Danny, who is not only an outstanding heart surgeon but also an influential surgical leader with a deep passion for advancing our field,” says Ibrahim Sultan, chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery as well as professor and executive vice chair in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. “His relentless advocacy for surgeon engagement and leadership in prominent societies like SUS have been invaluable to our department and Pitt.”

Chu will assume the presidency in 2025.


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