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August 4, 2008



Georgetown Chief of Surgery Steve Evans still spends two days a week in the operating room, but he's aced one of the harder administrative tasks of his job, recruiting top quality surgeons. Since his arrival six years ago, multiple top names have signed on. Most recently, kidney and pancreatic transplant specialist Keith Melancon jumped over from Johns Hopkins. We tracked Steve down immediately after he wrapped up a colon resection to find out the key to reeling in big fish.


Steve suggests docs are attracted to G'town's commitment to complex surgery (mostly tertiary and quaternary procedures). He's recently aggressively recruited thoracic and vascular surgeons as well as breast surgical oncologists. His surgeons also have free reign to engage in research. For example, this month Vice Chair for Research Lopa Mishra will begin a five-year study on the relation between stem cells and gastrointestinal cancer. Even better, NIH is footing the bill through a Program Project grant. When all other selling points fail, he points out his is one of the youngest surgical departments in the country. Boiling it down, we call that the "Cool Kids Lunch Table" argument.


Steve is reviewing proofs for his second book, Surgical Pitfalls, due in October. It will examine over 80 of the most common operations and what can go wrong with them. (Is it just us, or does that seem perfect for a morbid page-a-day calendar?) Besides the fame and fortune that will obviously accompany the publication, it provides reading material for his second child, also due in October. His wife, 28 weeks pregnant, was in the OR on the day we interviewed Steve, but no cause for alarm—she had the surgical instruments in hand. She's still working as a reconstructive surgeon at the VA Medical Center.

Curtis Raye will also be releasing his second book, presumably after he releases his first. Do you know of an upcoming event where medical professionals will be hobnobbing, cavorting, or simply attending? Send it to Curtis@Bisnow.com

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