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Christopher J. Knott-Craig, MD, Named
Chief, Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
The University of
Co-Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Institute at
Le Bonheur Children’s
Memphis, Tenn. (August 13, 2008) – Timothy C. Fabian, MD, chair, Department of Surgery, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the UTHSC College of Medicine, and Meri Armour, MSN, MBA, president and chief executive officer for Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center, announced the appointment of Christopher J. Knott-Craig, MD, as chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UTHSC and co-director of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Institute at Le Bonheur.
Dr. Knott-Craig is an internationally known pediatric cardiovascular
surgeon who currently serves as chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery and
professor of Surgery at the University of Alabama Medical Center at
The national search for this position was conducted by Millican Solutions, Inc., and was ably led by Thomas Chin, MD, FAAP, FACC, professor of pediatric cardiology and co-director of the Pediatric Cardiovascular Institute at Le Bonheur.
“Dr. Knott-Craig has developed a reputation as one of
the foremost congenital heart surgeons in the country, and in fact, in the
world,” noted Dr. Chin. “We are excited about the improved care and the
new techniques he will help provide for children and adults in the Mid-South
with congenital heart disease. I look forward to working with Dr.
Knott-Craig as co-directors of the Pediatric Heart Institute, and welcome him
A recognized authority in pediatric surgery, Dr. Knott-Craig has authored more than 80 publications, books, abstracts, chapters and manuscripts.
“We are excited by the addition of Dr. Knott-Craig to our emerging Pediatric Heart Institute,” said Executive Dean Schwab. “He brings UTHSC and Le Bonheur a new level of pediatric heart surgery and complements our outstanding group of pediatric cardiologists.”
“Dr. Knott-Craig is an innovative surgeon with a passion for giving hope to children with congenital heart defects,” Armour observed. “Under his leadership, Le Bonheur’s Heart Institute will implement cutting-edge techniques while continuing to make contributions to the field of pediatric health care.”
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