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Panelist: C. McCollister Evarts, M.D.
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CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Health

Dr. Evarts helped introduce total hip replacement surgery in the United States. He has been nationally recognized for his work in helping to research, develop and document proven methods for preventing blood clots, a potentially fatal complication that can arise after hip replacement surgery.  Dr. Evarts himself has benefited from his research, after undergoing hip arthroplasty in 2003.
Dr. Evarts began his medical career as a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, before serving his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital. In 1964, he joined the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and, over the next decade, headed that institution's Orthopaedic residency training program, and ultimately served as chair of its department of Orthopaedics. It was during his tenure at Cleveland Clinic when Dr. Evarts traveled to England to spend time training with Sir John Charnley, observing him as he performed hip arthroplasties.

Dr. Evarts returned to the University of Rochester Medical Center in 1974 as chair of Orthopaedics, where he is credited with transforming the Medical Center's Orthopaedics department into a national hub for research and clinical care. In 1987, Evarts was recruited to serve as chief executive officer, senior vice president for Health Affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University and The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. While at Hershey, Evarts was named to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He retired from Hershey in 2000, and moved back to Rochester in 2002, where he served as a senior advisor at the Medical Center until tapped to lead the organization in 2003.

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