Joseph Bavaria Elected STS President

Joseph E. Bavaria, MD

Internationally recognized cardiothoracic surgeon Joseph E. Bavaria, MD was elected by the STS membership yesterday evening as the Society’s 2016-2017 President.

“I am honored to follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest cardiothoracic surgeons who have led our specialty and look forward to my tenure as STS President,” said Dr. Bavaria, the Brooke Roberts-William Measey Professor in Surgery and Director of the Thoracic Aortic Surgery Program at the University of Pennsylvania. “I hope to spend my year as President focusing on expanding the STS National Database to include more cardiothoracic surgery procedures; I also plan to execute educational opportunities globally.”

Raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dr. Bavaria spent many of his adolescent years living abroad, moving across Europe with his family. He started high school at the American School in Paris, France, before returning to the United States to complete his high school education.

Dr. Bavaria received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he later earned his medical degree and participated in the Honors Chemical Engineering Exchange Program at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

“Having spent a portion of my life abroad has helped me keep a more global focus,” said Dr. Bavaria. “Because of this, one of my goals during my presidency is to increase STS presence internationally and increase our cooperation with other organizations like the American College of Cardiology, American College of Surgeons, and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.”

Dr. Bavaria completed his surgical internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He served for a year as Chief Resident of Surgery before completing additional residencies in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

An STS member since 1996, Dr. Bavaria most recently served as the organization’s First Vice President. He also participated on the Operating Board of the Society’s Council on Health Policy and Relationships. Previously, he served as Chair of the STS Workforce on New Technology.

“STS is a broad-based membership society open to all cardiothoracic surgeons, and we welcome anyone who wants to join us in helping shape the future of our specialty,” said Dr. Bavaria. “I want to encourage all of my colleagues to get involved with the Society and become an advocate for our specialty at all levels.”   

Dr. Bavaria lives with his wife, Kim, in Philadelphia. The couple has two children, Edward and Melanie. Dr. Bavaria enjoys playing golf and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.