Flushing, New York, January 28, 2009- New York Hospital Queens has named Samuel Lang, M.D., as chairman of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department. Dr. Lang, a skilled heart surgeon rejoins New York Hospital Queens after serving 10 years as section chief of cardiothoracic surgery at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in Manhattan. He formerly served New York Hospital Queens as director of cardiothoracic surgery from 1996 to 1999.
“Dr. Lang is a highly respected cardiothoracic surgeon,” said Stephen S. Mills, President and Chief Executive Officer. “His reputation as an excellent surgeon, outstanding professor and prolific author is well known within the medical community. Both New York Hospital Queens and the patients we serve are fortunate to have him back as a leader in our Heart and Vascular Center.”
Dr. Lang earned his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine at Birmingham and completed his residency in general surgery at the UCLA Medical Center in California. He subsequently served as a fellow in cardiothoracic surgery at both New York University Medical Center and the UCLA Medical Center and accepted an honorary appointment as assistant in pediatric cardiac surgery at The Harley Street Clinic in London, England. He is board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.
“Dr. Lang has a stellar 23-year track record for performing procedures such as multiple artery bypass, repair of valves, congenital heart defects and surgical ablation of cardiac arrhythmias,” said Stephen Rimar, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of New York Hospital Queens. “His expertise as a surgeon and teacher will play a key roll in the ongoing development of our cardiovascular services. In 2010, the hospital will open a new, seven-story wing that will include a centralized Heart and Vascular facility,” Dr. Rimar added.
Dr. Lang has held teaching positions at various prestigious medical colleges throughout the country including the Weill Medical College at Cornell University, New York University School of Medicine and UCLA. He has also served as visiting professor of surgery to The People’s Republic of China in 1988 and Bolivia in 1989.
He is a member of numerous medical professional societies, including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons and the American Heart Association, the Royal Society of Medicine and the American Medical Association. He has also contributed widely to the body of professional literature. His articles have appeared in such publications as The Journal of Thoracic Cardiovascular Surgery, Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, and the American Journal of Medicine.
Cardiac disease is the number one cause of death in the borough of Queens, with death rates higher than the national average. The New York Hospital Queens Heart and Vascular Center brings the full spectrum of heart care to the Queens community.