Distinguished Visiting Professor Series

University of Nebraska Medical Center has a long standing tradition of collaboration and collegiality with other academic programs across the nation. Our program has been honored to receive these distinguished guests as part of our ongoing commitment of educational excellence in the field of cardiothoracic surgery.

(for full speaker bio's click on name speaker's name below)

March 27, 3019

David Fullerton, MD
Professor of Surgery
Chief Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Vice-Chair for Research of the Department of Surgery
John T. Wright Endowed Chair, Heart Valve Surgery
University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Grand Rounds Presentation: The Pathogenesis of Aortic Stenosis
Discussing the mechanisms of aortic stenosis and possible ways by which the disease may be preventable.

Clinical Interest: Adult cardiac revascularization, adult heart and lung transplantation, pediatric cardiac transplantation, surgical ablation for atrial fibrillation, myocardial revascularization and valve replacement and congenital coronary malformations. 

Research: His NIH-funded research team is focused on the pathogenic mechanisms of valvular heart disease.

Dr. Fullerton received his medical degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Valedictorian, from the University of Missouri. Following completion of his surgical residency at the University of Washington, he completed his thoracic surgical residency at the University of Colorado in 1990 and joined its faculty. In 1996, he was recruited to Northwestern University Medical School as the Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. In 2003, he was recruited to his present position at the University of Colorado. Dr. Fullerton is a member of many professional societies and is a past-president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


September 5, 2018

Shari Meyerson, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Medicine
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

Grand Rounds Presentation: One Room School House
Describing the Difference Between Learners at Different Levels of Training; Student, Resident, Fellow

Academic Focus: Program Director for the General and Thoracic Surgery Residency Programs at Northwestern University, Chicago, IL. She has an extensive experience teaching curriculum development, technical skills and decision making at the medical school, graduate and post-graduate levels.

Clinical Focus: Thoracic oncology

Dr. Meyerson trained in General Surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She completed her Thoracic Surgery training at Duke University in 2006. She is an active member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee and Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators at Northwestern University in Chicago.


January 24, 2018

Mathew R. Williams, MD
Chief, Division of Adult Cardiac Surgery
Director, CVI Structural Heart Disease
Program Director, Interventional Cardiology
Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Surgery and Medicine
New York University Langone Medical Center, New York City, NY

Grand Rounds Presentation: Transcatheter Mitral Valve Therapies

Dr. Williams is the director of the Heart Valve Center at NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, NY specializing in multiple aspects of heart valve conditions. He received his medical degree from Columbia University, General Surgery Residency and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at New York Presbyterian Medical Center, New York City, NY and is Board Certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.  The one of the first U.S. doctors trained in both Cardiac Surgery and Interventional Cardiology*. Dr. Williams has performed more TAVR procedures than any other surgeon in the U.S. and performed the World's first completely Trans-Septal Percutaneous Mitral Valve replacements. Dr. Williams has also been named Top Doctor by New York Magazine. He is an active researcher with numerous publications, abstracts, local, national and international presentations, is a member of many professional societies and serves on various committees.

*NYP.org (2009)


September 16, 2016

John Calhoon, MD 
Chair of Cardiothoracic Surgery
President's Council Chair for Excellence in Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX

Grand Rounds Presentation:  An Update on the Ross Procedure
Wet Lab Simulation: Residents, Physician Assistants, Nursing Staff and Faculty
Career Path Special Presentation: CT Surgery, Vascular Surgery & Cardiology Residents & Fellows

Dr. Calhoon is an integral member of the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio for over 25 years.  Areas of clinical expertise include congenital heart surgery, adult cardiac surgery, and pulmonary transplantation. In 2015, he was formally selected to lead the UTHSCSA Heart and Vascular Institute.


April 6, 2016

John Ikonimidis, MD, PhD
Horace G. Smithy Professor
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Head, Section of Cardiac Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

Grand Rounds:  Translational Research in Aortic Disease

Dr. Ikonimidis is an NIH-funded researcher with over 150 publications either in print or in press.  His basic science research interests include the study of a unique murine model of thoracic aortic aneurysms and is considered an expert in aortic surgery and research. Other clinical research interests include myocardial protection and intraoperative interrogation of the myocardium.  He is a member of many cardiothoracic societies and associations and serves on the Editorial Board of numerous scientific journals.