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Virginia R. Litle (’97) Becomes 72nd President of the Naffziger Society

The Naffziger Society is pleased to welcome Dr Virginia (“Ginny”) Litle as the 72nd President of the Naffziger Society.

Dr. Litle is a graduate of the University of Vermont and received her medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, CA, and completed fellowships in both Surgical Oncology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She was previously Chief of Thoracic Surgery and Director of the Minimally Invasive Esophageal, Barrett’s Esophagus and Thoracic Clinical Research Programs at Boston University. As of 2021, she is sharing her skills and expertise at Intermountain Healthcare in Utah

Dr. Litle’s particular clinical interests include management of benign and malignant esophageal diseases and ablative therapies of esophageal and airway pathology. Her additional research interests include risk-stratification for prevention of venothromboembolic (VTE) events following thoracic surgery, esophageal cancer screening and healthcare disparities . Dr. Litle is a member of the AATS, ESTS, STSA, ISMICS and STS and is a past president of Women in Thoracic Surgery. Her additional interests include global surgery, mentorship of medical students and residents, motherhood and tennis.

The Naffziger Society thanks Dr Ryutaro Hirose (’97) for his presidency and leadership.