The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Names William D. Jordan Jr, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery

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The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University Names William D. Jordan Jr, MD, Chair of the Department of Surgery

02 Mar, 2023

William D. Jordan Jr., MD, a vascular surgeon with nearly three decades of leadership experience in academic medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Jordan, the John E. Skandalakis Chair in Surgery and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Emory University, will join MCG July 1. Pending approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, he also will be named the Moretz/Mansberger Distinguished Chair in Surgery.

“Dr. Jordan not only has a stellar reputation as an exceptional surgeon, but he has also worked tirelessly to nearly double the number of faculty in his division since he joined Emory in 2016,” says David Hess, MD, MCG dean. “He also shares MCG’s unwavering commitment to Georgia, the state where he trained and has practiced for the last seven years. I am excited to have him lead the Department of Surgery at the state’s only public medical school. I also want to thank Dr. Steve Holsten for graciously stepping up again and expertly leading the department through this transition. I am grateful to him for his continued support.”

Jordan earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1988 and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham before returning to Emory for his vascular surgery fellowship.

He then returned to UAB to join the faculty in the Section of Vascular Surgery in 1994. He was promoted to chief in 1996, grew the section into a division and was named its director in 2013. While serving as chief he helped start the medical school’s Vascular Surgery Fellowship and Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency and served as program director of both.

He returned to his medical school alma mater in 2016 as chief and under his leadership it has grown from a three-site group of 13 surgeons to 24 surgeons at five different clinical sites that cover eight hospitals.

Jordan’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive treatment of aortic diseases, carotid artery diseases and peripheral vascular diseases.

He has served as president of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, the Georgia Vascular Society and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. He was a director of the Vascular Surgery Board and served as a senior examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

He serves on the editorial boards of Vascular, The Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, and the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.

About Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University:

The mission of the Medical College of Georgia is to improve the health of Georgians.

The impact of the state of Georgia’s only public medical school spans from its founding in 1828 as one of the nation’s first medical schools to its current role optimizing health care in Georgia and beyond through education, discovery and service.

The Medical College of Georgia (MCG), among the ten colleges of Augusta University, offers clinical training in approximately 135 sites across the state providing students experience in the full spectrum of medicine, from tertiary/quaternary care hospitals to small-town solo practices. The experience is anchored by MCG’s main campus in Augusta, as well as, regional clinical campuses for third- and fourth-year students and a second four-year campus in Athens in partnership with the University of Georgia.

Research initiatives focus on illnesses that affect most Georgians and Americans, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer and obesity/diabetes. The sustained growth and productivity of the past decade is helping transform health in areas as diverse as childhood obesity, sickle cell disease and surgical recovery.

MCG’s clinical service zeros in on the diverse needs of the state and nation as well, offering everything from frontline wellness care to complex care for the sickest adults and children. MCG faculty share their expertise with physicians and patients at about 80 clinics and hospitals statewide and utilize technology, developed at MCG, to virtually travel to the bedside of stroke patients.

About William D. Jordan Jr., MD:

“Dr. William Jordan is the current chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Upon completing his vascular surgery fellowship at Emory in 1994, where he also obtained his MD, Dr. Jordan returned to the site of his general surgery residency, the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was appointed chief of vascular surgery at UAB in 1996, program director of the vascular surgery fellowship in 2002, and the Holt A. McDowell, Jr., Professor and Director of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy in 2007. He also initiated the integrated vascular residency in 2010. He returned to Emory in 2016 to direct the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy. His clinical and research interests encompass the minimally invasive treatment of aortic diseases, carotid artery diseases, and peripheral vascular diseases. Dr. Jordan’s extensive involvement in clinical research includes a well-funded research portfolio.”





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