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Robert W. Emery Named Alumni Fellow

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Robert W. Emery, Jr., a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon now living in Saint Paul, Minnesota, who received his bachelor's degree from the Eberly College of Science at Penn State in 1969, has been named an Alumni Fellow by the Penn State Alumni Association. The award is the most prestigious honor given by the association.

Emery is the former director of cardiac transplantation at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and surgeon-in-chief at the John Nasseff Heart Hospital in Saint Paul. He earned his medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1973 and held several residency and specialty internships at the University of Minnesota and Harvard University. His medical interests include: cardiovascular and thoracic surgery, cardiovascular physiology, heart and heart-lung transplantation surgery, clinical investigation of heart-transplant donors, use of the artificial heart as a bridge to transplantation, alternative treatments of the failing ventricle, development of minimally invasive and robotic cardiac surgery, investigation of alternative methods of myocardial revascularization, and investigation of new mechanical therapies for the treatment of congestive heart failure.

He also has been a primary clinical attending physician for cardiothoracic fellows, surgery residents, and medical students; a lecturer for core curriculum in the basic and clinical sciences; and a director of laboratory research projects. He a co-editor of the journal Cardiac Surgery Today.

Emery has served as a member of the Eberly College of Science Grand Destiny Campaign Committee and was honored with the Outstanding Science Alumni Award in 1996. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, and the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, and he has served as president and a founding member of the International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery.

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