News Release

September 14, 2011

Contact: Maureen McGuire, 860-679-4523

Nationally Prominent Cardiothoracic Surgeon Joins UConn Health Center

Dr. Stephen Lahey Seeing Patients at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center  

FARMINGTON, CONN. – Dr. Stephen J. Lahey, a nationally prominent heart surgeon, is the new chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Lahey brings to UConn nearly 25 years experience in cardiothoracic surgery and a career-long commitment to academic medicine. He joins the Calhoun Cardiology Center and the Health Center’s Department of Surgery from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he served as chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center, where he was program director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Training Program.

“Our goal is to create new knowledge, educate the next generation of cardiac specialists and provide excellent care to all of our patients,” Lahey said of his new role at the Calhoun Cardiology Center. He specializes in coronary bypass surgery, valve surgery, aortic aneurysm surgery and other complex procedures. 

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Dr. Lahey’s stature and experience to our team. His accomplishments and record will greatly benefit our patients, faculty and students,” added Dr. Bruce T. Liang, director of the Calhoun Cardiology Center and interim dean of the UConn School of Medicine.

“Under Dr. Lahey’s leadership,” Liang added, “outcomes for heart surgery cases at Maimonides Medical Center improved significantly. This is just one of many compelling examples of his dedication to quality and continuous improvement.”

Lahey is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Tufts University Medical School. He completed his general surgery residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, as well as a cardiothoracic surgery residency at Cornell Medical Center/New York Hospital and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital.

Before joining SUNY Downstate and Maimonides Medical Center, he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center in Worcester. He started his surgical and academic career at the Harvard Medical School and the Deaconess Hospital, later known as the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Throughout his career, Lahey has been widely published in scholarly journals and has been active with many regional and national committees and organizations, including the Society for Thoracic Surgery, where he has focused on patient safety initiatives; the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons; the American College of Surgeons; the American Heart Association and more.

Of note, Lahey is actively involved in national advisory panels through the American Medical Association, American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, which are rewriting national guidelines for cardiac surgery. The new guidelines are expected to be announced in November. He is also a member of the New York State Department of Health’s full Cardiac Advisory Committee and its subcommittee on quality assurance.

“Dr. Lahey is a leader both regionally and nationally in all facets of academic surgery, and has also received numerous teaching awards through the years,” Liang added.

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Caption: Dr. Stephen Lahey, a nationally prominent cardiothoracic surgeon, has joined the UConn Health Center’s Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center and Department of Surgery.

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