Carolinas HealthCare System has hired two physicians to lead its adult and pediatric cardiovascular surgery programs, hospital officials announced Wednesday.
Dr. Joseph McGinn Jr. assumed the role of chief of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute this week. He replaced Dr. Charles Bridges, who was with the system from 2011 until last summer, when he took a position at Johnson and Johnson in Boston.
A pioneer in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, McGinn came from Staten Island University Hospital in New York, where he was chairman of surgery and medical director of the Heart Institute. A procedure he developed, known as the “McGinn Technique,” has been incorporated internationally as an alternative to open-heart surgery and was featured in a February 2015 episode of the TV medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy.” He completed medical school and residency at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.
On April 4, Dr. Paul Kirshbom will become chief of pediatric cardiovascular surgery at Levine Children’s Hospital. He replaces Dr. Benjamin Peeler, who had been with Carolinas HealthCare since 2009 and left at the end of January to join Ochsner Health System in New Orleans.
Kirshbom is chief of pediatric heart surgery at both Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford. He completed medical school at John’s Hopkins University, residency in general surgery at Duke University Medical Center and fellowships in cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Duke and at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.