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Hail to the New Chiefs

02/02/2015
Three physicians strive for world class divisions

Tufts MC and Floating Hospital welcomed three new physician leaders to the Medical Center over the past few months; each doctor is inspired by a common desire to develop their respective Divisions into world-class performers.

Suriya Jeyapalan, MDSuriya Jeyapalan, MD, was named the new Director of Medical Neuro-Oncology this past September. Dr. Jeyapalan, who came to Tufts MC from Brown-Rhode Island Hospital, earned her medical degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internship in Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, her residency in Neurology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and her fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her research uses genomics to investigate the genetic basis of chemotherapeutic response in patients with high-grade gliomas. 

”I have only been here a couple of months, but I feel like I have already built some great working relationships with my colleagues in neurology, hem/onc, neurosurgery and radiation oncology,” said Dr. Jeyapalan. “I am not surprised that many of them were named the Top Doctors in Boston. They really are very caring people.”

To make an appointment, or for more information about the Division of Neuro-Oncology, please call ext. 6-2694.

Dennis Mello, MDDennis Mello, MD, was named the new Chief of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery in early October and was tasked with leading the revitalized program at Floating Hospital. Previously the Chief of Pediatric and Adult Congenital Cardiac Surgery at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in Jefferson, Louisiana, Dr. Mello studied medicine at the University of Connecticut and completed his postgraduate training at the University of California, San Francisco. He brings specialized expertise and experience in several key areas, including managing postoperative hypertension following repair of aortic coarctation, intraoperative radiofrequency ablation for treatment of supraventricular tachycardia and congenital heart surgery in low birth weight neonates. 

“I’ve had very positive experiences with staff and colleagues in the office, the intensive care unit and the operating room,” said Dr. Mello. “I look forward to offering more complex surgery options to our patients and continuing to build the pediatric cardiac surgery program.”

To make an appointment, or for more information about the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, please call ext. 6-0033.

John Gaitanis, MDJohn Gaitanis, MD, joined the Floating Hospital staff at the beginning of November as the new Chief of Pediatric Neurology. After earning his medical degree from Brown Medical School, Dr. Gaitanis completed his residency at Boston Children’s Hospital before returning to Brown Medical School to direct the epilepsy program. Now at Tufts MC, he will be working on ways to better utilize the electroencephalogram to diagnose epilepsy and other conditions, as well as expanding the division. He also hopes to facilitate collaboration with other pediatric centers for greater work in research and patient care.

“Coming to Tufts MC has renewed and further stimulated my excitement and love for the work that I do,” said Dr. Gaitanis. “I have a real passion for developing this Division to better care for people. In the end, it really is all about the patients. I look forward to developing a great sense of family within the Division
faculty to fulfill our mission of caring for the whole child through great patient care and cutting edge research.”

To make an appointment, or for more information about the Division of Pediatric Neurology, please call
ext. 6-8100.