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Posted on 6/18/2013

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Don K. Nakayama, M.D., M.B.A., has been named the new chair of the West Virginia University School of Medicine Department of Surgery.

“We were fortunate to have attracted several leaders of American surgery to visit and look at the opportunity to become the next chair of our department. Among them, Dr. Nakayama stood out as the best,” Arthur J. Ross III, M.D., M.B.A., dean of the School of Medicine said. “A remarkable and highly honored researcher and educator, he is nationally recognized as a pre-eminent pediatric surgeon. Moreover, because Dr. Nakayama currently serves as the chair of surgery at another medical school, he brings to WVU a wealth of experience in the management and leadership of a department of surgery. He will also bring needed new skills, much energy and an exciting vision to WVU and the people of West Virginia.”

Nakayama is currently the chair of the Department of Surgery and the Milford B. Hatcher Professor of Surgery at the Mercer University School of Medicine in Macon, Ga. He also serves as the General Surgery Residency Program director at the Medical Center of Central Georgia.

“I am looking forward to joining the WVU Healthcare team to provide medical services to the people and communities of the state,” Nakayama said.

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