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John A. Heim, MD, Named New Chairman of the Department of Surgery at University Medical Center at Princeton

Sep 9, 2009
 

Princeton, NJ - University Medical Center at Princeton is pleased to announce the appointment of John A. Heim, MD, as the new Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Heim is board certified in general surgery and thoracic surgery. In addition to his administrative role as the new leader of the department of surgery, Dr. Heim will have a thoracic surgery practice at UMCP.

Dr. Heim's position was previously held by J. Thomas Davidson, MD, FACS, a board certified general and vascular surgeon, who has served as Chairman for 17 years. Dr. Davidson has been deeply dedicated to both UMCP's Department of Surgery and the greater Princeton area community, serving both as a surgeon for the past 25 years. He will remain at UMCP as the General Surgery Residency Site Director.

Dr. Heim, who goes by the name Jack, brings over 15 years of experience to this position as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He most recently served at the Frankford Health System, a member of the Jefferson Health System in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as the Director of Surgery, as well as the section head of thoracic surgery. Prior to his experience at the Frankford Health System, Dr. Heim worked as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, at Cooper Hospital University Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey, and in the department of surgery at the Virtua Health System in Marlton, New Jersey.

Dr. Heim earned his bachelor of science degree from Ramapo College of New Jersey. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry, The New Jersey Medical School in 1985. His post-graduate training included a residency in general surgery at the University of Connecticut-Hartford Hospital. He served as a fellow in thoracic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Heim also completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center, Rush Medical College, in Chicago, Illinois.

Since 2003, Dr. Heim has volunteered on many international pediatric cardiac surgery mission trips to Paraguay and St. Petersburg, Russia. He will maintain his strong commitment to global health issues and volunteerism while at UMCP.

"Without a doubt, I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime. To be associated with such a prestigious surgical department long committed to excellence in patient care is a great honor. I will work tirelessly to continue UMCP's tradition of excellence and will help position our health system to best meet the challenges we will surely face in the near future. Nothing will be more important to me than to provide our community with the safe, effective and patient-centered care it deserves."

Dr. Heim will begin seeing patients in mid September. His administrative and clinical offices will be at UMCP.