Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

A big-name trauma surgeon will be leaving Harvard Medical School after almost 20 years to take up a major post at Cedars-Sinai, the local medical facility announced Thursday.

Dr. Mark Vrahas, an orthopedic trauma surgeon and Harvard University professor, will be the founding chair of the newly created Department of Orthopaedics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

“This important leadership appointment reflects Dr. Vrahas’ reputation for outstanding patient care, clinical excellence and his strong record of building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs,” said Dr. Shlomo Melmed, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the medical faculty.

Formerly a section of the Department of Surgery, orthopedics at Cedars- Sinai has experienced record clinical and academic growth over the past several years, prompting the establishment of a new Department of Orthopaedics, according to a Cedars-Sinai statement.

Vrahas joins Cedars-Sinai from Harvard Medical School. He also has been a senior member of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and founded the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Initiative to foster collaboration among orthopedic trauma services at all Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals.

“Although it is difficult to move away from the Harvard Medical School community after nearly two decades, I am looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues as we tackle the challenge of building upon Cedars-Sinai’s reputation for excellence in patient care and research,” Vrahas said.

An expert in orthopedic trauma and pelvic surgery, Vrahas lectures around the world, publishes extensively and serves as an editorial board member for leading orthopedic journals, according to the Cedars-Sinai statement. He has mentored dozens of residents and fellows in orthopedic trauma surgery and research.

Vrahas completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh. He was chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at Charity Hospital in New Orleans before moving to Boston in 1999.

—City News Service

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