New Chief of PAH Cardiovascular Surgery
Satoshi Furukawa, MD, has been named chief of Cardiovascular Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital. Previously chief of CT surgery at Reading Hospital and Medical Center, Furukawa specializes in open and minimally invasive surgery, cardiac and lung transplantation, mitral valve repair, and other procedures. His other clinical specialties include high-risk cardiac surgery and off-pump ventricular assist device implantation surgery. He also has an interest in stress management and alternative medicine post-surgery. Furukawa has performed more than 400 heart and 120 lung transplants.
Karen M. Puopolo, MD, PhD, has been named the new section chief of Neonatology & Newborn Pediatrics at Pennsylvania Hospital. Puopolo comes to Penn from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Puopolo’s research is focused on the incidence, microbiology, risk factors, and prevention of infections that affect all infants at birth – as well as those that affect premature babies in the NICU.
She is board certified in neonatal/perinatal medicine and pediatrics.
Wilson Interim Director of Orphan Disease Center
James M. Wilson, MD, PhD, has been named interim director of the Center for Orphan Disease Research & Therapy, an interdisciplinary program focused on discovering novel treatments for orphan diseases through innovation and translation of therapeutic strategies, and partnerships among investigators, academic institutions, industry, and funding agencies. Orphan diseases represent a collection of disorders that afflict fewer than 200,000 individuals for any single disease type. Over 25 million people in the United States suffer substantial morbidity and mortality from orphan diseases.