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Saint Agnes Hospital Appoints New Chair of Surgery

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Saint Agnes Hospital has named Dr. Juan A. Sanchez as chairman of the department of surgery.


Baltimore, Md. – Saint Agnes Hospital has named Dr. Juan A. Sanchez as chairman of the department of surgery. A cardiothoracic and transplant surgeon with extensive experience in medical education and healthcare leadership, Dr. Sanchez is a nationally recognized leader in the area of perioperative patient safety and high-reliability in organizations. As chairman, Dr. Sanchez brings extensive experience to lead Saint Agnes’ surgical department as well as direct its historic surgical residency training program, the second oldest in the country, begun by Dr. Joseph Colt Bloodgood at Saint Agnes in 1906.

“We welcome Dr. Sanchez to the Saint Agnes community with great respect, confidence, and enthusiasm” says Bonnie Phipps, president and CEO of Saint Agnes Healthcare. “He is an exceptional leader who will share his expertise across the hospital’s vast surgical specialties to augment Saint Agnes’ high-quality of clinical care, education, and research.”

Dr. Sanchez has authored or co-authored more than 120 professional and scientific publications and is active in a variety of editorial and peer-review functions for national and international professional societies and associations. He currently serves on the scientific review section of the American Heart Association and recently co-authored the associations’ position paper “Patient Safety in the Cardiac Operating Room.”

Previously, Dr. Sanchez was a professor at the University of Connecticut and Chair of Surgery at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, CT. Prior to that, he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Bridgeport Hospital in the Yale New Haven Health System and was previously director of heart transplantation at the University of Kentucky. He has been recognized for his clinical skills in Connecticut's Top Doctors, Top Doctors of the New York Metro Area, and Best Doctors in America by U.S. News and World Report.

He is past president of the Connecticut chapter of the American College of Surgeons and has served on the board of examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Dr. Sanchez earned his medical degree from the University of Florida and holds an advanced degree in public healthcare administration from Harvard. He completed surgical and research training at Georgetown, Columbia, and Yale and served in the United States Navy achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

About Saint Agnes Hospital
Founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1862, Saint Agnes Hospital is a 296-bed hospital currently completing a $200 million-plus expansion emphasizing patient safety in a high quality healthcare environment. Saint Agnes is the oldest Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Maryland and is a full-service teaching hospital with residency programs in medicine and surgery. The hospital’s key institutes include the: Cancer Institute; Cardiovascular Institute; Maryland Metabolic Institute; Orthopedic & Spine Institute; Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery; and The Bunting Health Institute for Women & Children. Saint Agnes opened the first Chest Pain ED in the world more than 30 years ago, and continues to expand and grow its Emergency Services.

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