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Winthrop-University Hospital Announces Major Appointments to its Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery - Archived
Date
December 13, 2011
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Scott L. Schubach, MD, Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of John A. Goncalves, MD, FACS, FAAC, to Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Winthrop, as well as the appointment of William J. Kokotos, MD, to Director of Academic Affairs for the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Winthrop.

Dr. John A. Goncalves, a cardiothoracic surgeon who performed the first robotic lung surgery on Long Island utilizing the ultra high-tech daVinci Si HD Surgical System, joined Winthrop in 2003 as an attending surgeon in the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Goncalves specializes in complex reconstructions of the aortic root, along with the ascending and descending thoracic aorta. Dr. Goncalves and George Hines, MD, Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Winthrop have established an active Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR) program at Winthrop. Most recently, Dr. Goncalves successfully spearheaded the effort to have Winthrop named one of only 70 clinical sites nationwide to offer the new, FDA approved percutaneous aortic valve for the treatment of patients with heart valve disease.

After graduating from Union College with a double major in biology and sociology, Dr. Goncalves earned his medical degree from Albany Medical College. His postgraduate training includes fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, as well as a residency in general surgery and a research fellowship in medicine and surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, where he served as Chief Resident. Dr. Goncalves is an active member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Cardiology.

Dr. Goncalves is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has presented lectures on a variety of topics. He resides in Garden City, New York.

Dr. William J. Kokotos has been an integral part of the Winthrop Team since 2003, when he joined as an attending surgeon to the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr.  Kokotos has specific expertise in arrhythmia surgery and surgery of esophageal disease, and has developed a successful cardiothoracic surgery lecture series at Winthrop.

In his new role, Dr. Kokotos will continue to expand academic and research initiatives and will play an integral role in Winthrop’s clinical campus of the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

Dr. Kokotos earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from New York University and his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine. His post-graduate training includes a residency in General Surgery and a fellowship in Thoracic Surgery at New York University Medical Center.

Committed to excellence in education and fostering the active learning of medical students and residents, Dr. Kokotos is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine.  A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the International Society for Endovascular Surgery, Dr. Kokotos has published articles in a number of peer-reviewed journals and has been invited to speak on many topics related to cardiothoracic surgery.

 Dr. Kokotos resides in East Williston, NY.

The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery provides comprehensive, state-of-the art treatment in three clinical programs at Winthrop-University Hospital: Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular & Endovascular Surgery. At the heart of these programs is a team of outstanding cardiovascular and thoracic specialists who blend expertise and experience to deliver advanced, pacesetting care with unmatched sensitivity to patients’ needs. The Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery cares for patients with a wide range of serious illnesses, including: advanced coronary artery disease, cardiac valve disease, thoracic aortic disease, pulmonary thromboembolic disease and the variety of complex conditions that affect the vascular system.

For more information about Winthrop-University Hospital’s Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, call 1-866-WINTHROP.

Contact: Carolann Martines
Associate Writer
(516) 663-2234
cmartines@winthrop.org

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John A. Goncalves, MD, FACS, FAAC, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Winthrop.

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William J. Kokotos, MD, Director of Academic Affairs for the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Winthrop.