Dr KMarie King appointed president of surgery at Albany Medical Center


BThe lack of women shatters glass ceilings and changes the discourse around representation in medical leadership. Dr KMarie King was recently appointed to chair the department of surgery and chief of surgery at Albany Medical Center, making her the first black woman to serve as the head of a division of surgery at an academic health sciences center in the United States .

Dr. King, who is currently Chief of Surgery and Medical Director of Surgical Quality at Grady Memorial Hospital and Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, has dedicated her career to advancing medical research in pancreatic cancers and liver. The former University of Washington student, who served in the United States Army, did his general surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh and earned a master’s degree in biomedical science from the Mayo Clinic, based in Minnesota, where she also completed her college education. Over the course of her career, Dr. King has developed into a thought leader in healthcare. She has written several articles that have explored the intersections of academic medicine and clinical research. She is a board member of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the American College of Surgeons, and sits on the boards of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.

Dr King took to Twitter to express his excitement for his new role. “Words cannot express how thrilled I am today with the announcement of the leadership of the @AlbanyMed Department of Surgery,” she said. posted. “The connection I felt with everyone I met made it feel orderly. I am touched by this honor and filled with gratitude. Thank you all for celebrating with me! she succeeds Steven Stain, MD and is expected to officially take office on September 1.

Dr King’s appointment comes at a time when there is a need for more racial and gender representation in medicine. Fortune reported that black women make up less than 3% of doctors in the United States


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