Steven Lansman, M.D., Ph.D., is Named Interim Chair of the Department of Surgery
A national search will be conducted for the chair position.
Steven Lansman, M.D., Ph.D., professor of surgery, has been appointed interim chair of the Department of Surgery at New York Medical College (NYMC) as well as interim director of the Department of Surgery at Westchester Medical Center (WMC) where he is also director of cardiothoracic surgery. A national search will be conducted for the chair position, which was vacated by Rifat Latifi, M.D., FACS, FICS, who was appointed Minister of Health for the Republic of Kosovo.
Dr. Lansman joined the faculty in 2005 after serving on the medical staff of Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, where he started the hospital’s heart transplant program and performed the first cardiac transplant there in 1986. Through 2005, he directed Mount Sinai’s Mechanical Assist and Heart and Lung Transplant Program. Before joining Mount Sinai, he served as interim chief of cardiothoracic surgery for SUNY Brooklyn, the Brooklyn VA Hospital and Kings County Hospital in New York City.
Dr. Lansman has an extensive bibliography in aortic aneurysm surgery and has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, 100 abstracts and presentations and a dozen books and chapters. Since 1988, he has organized and directed the Aortic Symposium series, an internationally recognized forum for aortic surgery. In 2001-2002, Dr. Lansman served as president of the New York Society of Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Lansman earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate and completed a general surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center and a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at SUNY Downstate.
“I thank Dr. Latifi for his service to NYMC and our students and welcome Dr. Lansman to his new role,” said Jerry L. Nadler, M.D., MACP, FAHA, FACE, dean of the School of Medicine and professor of medicine and of pharmacology. “I look forward to working with Dr. Lansman to continue to advance the Department of Surgery forward while we search for a permanent chair.”