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Downstate Times

The Newsletter for SUNY Downstate
University Hospital of Brooklyn

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ISSUE 15 star SEPTEMBER 2013


New Leadership Appointments:
Dr. Moro Salifu appointed Chair of Medicine;
Dr. Vinay Tak, Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery

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Medicine Chair: Dr Moro Salifu


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Cardiothoracic Chief: Dr Vinay Tak

Two key positions at Downstate were recently announced:

Dr. Moro O. Salifu has been appointed chairman of the Department of Medicine, effective July 1, 2013. Dr. Salifu has served as interim chairman of the Department since January 2013.

Dr. Vinay Tak has been appointed chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He has held the position of interim chief since 2010.

Dr. Salifu is the first recipient of the Edwin C. and Anne K. Weiskopf Endowed Chair in Nephrology, founded in honor of Dr. Eli Friedman and his late wife, Mildred "Barry" Friedman. Dr. Salifu has served as fellowship program director since 2003, and as division chief of nephrology and director of the kidney transplant program since 2008. He is the current president of the New York Society of Nephrology, and contact-principal investigator on a $5.5 million grant from the NIH to advance the work of the Brooklyn Health Disparities Center.

Dr. Tak attended medical school in India, completing his surgical and cardiothoracic training in England and Scotland. In the US , he worked at the Heart Institute at St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland, Oregon, with Dr. Albert Starr, co-inventor of the world's first artificial heart valve. He additionally trained at New York Hospital of Queens in NYC, and at St. Louis University in Missouri. Dr. Tak joined the Downstate faculty in 2007.

Dr. Tak is a highly skilled surgeon, with expertise in minimally invasive and videoassisted surgical techniques. He is well known for achieving excellent outcomes in difficult and high-risk cases.