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January 31, 2005

Vascular Surgeon Joins Health Center Faculty

Dr. James Menzoian

Dr. James Menzoian

Dr. James Menzoian, a vascular surgeon, will join the faculty as medical director of the Collaborative Center for Clinical Care Improvement, known as C4I, and a professor of surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery.

He is currently a professor of surgery and chief of the Section of Vascular Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, Boston Medical Center. His Health Center appointment is effective May 1.

“We are very fortunate to have recruited Dr. Menzoian to the Health Center,” said Dr. Steven Strongwater, associate dean for clinical affairs, director of clinical operations, and hospital director. “He has a long track record of providing outstanding patient care, mentorship to many students and residents, and a deep commitment to improving medical outcomes. He is a critical addition to C4I and will work closely with Rhea Sanford, the nurse director of the program.”

The C4I initiative was developed at the Health Center to bring a team approach to addressing issues of medication management, pain management, hospital-borne infection reduction, fall prevention, and culture change. The program was announced in December.

“I’m thrilled about my new position at the University of Connecticut Health Center,” Menzoian says. “I was looking for something new and different. When I visited the campus, I was impressed with the concept, and I was touched with how excited people were with the initiative. They spoke about ‘We’re going to do this’ and ‘We’re going to do that.’ I found the enthusiasm invigorating.”

A researcher as well as a surgeon, Menzoian’s interests include wound healing, pre-operative cardiac evaluation of patients with vascular diseases, and the epidemiology of vascular disease. He is co-investigator on a $4.9 million NIH grant awarded in 2004 looking into “Clinical Utility of Endothelial Function in Peripheral Arterial Disease.”

A Massachusetts native, Menzoian earned an undergraduate degree and a master’s in biology from Boston University. He earned his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and did a surgical internship at Boston University Medical Center. He did his surgical residency at University Hospital in Boston, before joining the faculty of B.U. medical school in 1976.

He was named chief of the Section of Vascular Surgery in 1987.

He has won the Surgical Teaching Award at the B.U. School of Medicine many times and been the recipient of the school’s Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Menzoian has presented at medical and scientific meetings across the country, and has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers.

“I’m looking forward to joining the faculty at the Health Center,” he says. “I’m impressed with the successful efforts to increase the census of the hospital, and I’m eagerly anticipating helping with the mission of becoming one of the safest hospitals in the country.”