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Allegheny Health Network Presents Benny Weksler, MD, with Edward M. Kent Endowed Professorship

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Pittsburgh, Pa – Allegheny Health Network (AHN) is pleased to present Benny Weksler, MBA, MD, FACS, FACCP, with the Edward M. Kent Endowed Professorship. The purpose of the professorship is to provide the AHN System Chief of General Thoracic Surgery with supplemental funding for innovative  research, educational efforts and programmatic goals.

Dr. Weksler is a nationally recognized thoracic surgeon with leading expertise in robotic and minimally-invasive surgery and member of the editorial board of both the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery. At the AHN Cardiovascular Institute, he has helped enhance the thoracic surgery program’s capabilities for treating certain cancers, hernias, chest wall diseases and more.

“Dr. Weksler is an esteemed physician leader, and his expertise in innovative technologies and techniques make him an ideal fit for this professorship,” said George J. Magovern, MD, System Chair, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, AHN. “The endowment itself draws a parallel between the opportunity we have to honor the legacy of Dr. Kent as Pittsburgh’s first cardiothoracic surgeon while we also pay tribute to a clinician like Dr. Weksler who is helping to further advance the frontier of thoracic surgery. ”

Dr. Edward M. Kent served as the Director of Thoracic Surgery at Allegheny General Hospital and founded one of the country’s premier thoracic surgery programs in 1953. He was the 49th president of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the premiere Thoracic Surgery society for academic thoracic surgeons. Widely respected for his surgical skill and proficiency, he was known for pioneering several new techniques that helped transform the field of thoracic surgery.  In 1957, he performed the first open heart operation using a heart and lung machine in Pittsburgh.

“Participating in and leading cutting-edge research has been a hallmark of Allegheny Health Network’s long tradition of providing world-class health care,” said Dr. Weksler. “I’m honored to receive this endowed professorship as it further supports the entire Cardiovascular Institute team’s efforts to carry on the legacy of clinical innovation and leadership that Dr. Kent embodied.”

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