A nationally recognized expert in the areas of gastrointestinal, endocrine, and minimally invasive surgery has joined the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine as chair of surgery.

Michael Nussbaum comes to the school by way of the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, where he was an endowed professor and chief of the Division of General Surgery. He will also serve as chair of surgery for Carilion Clinic.

Prior to his most recent appointment in Florida, Nussbaum served at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville as chair of the Department of Surgery, Surgeon-in-Chief of the University of Florida Health Jacksonville, and program director for the surgery residency.

Nussbaum was instrumental in starting a surgical robotics program at the University of Florida Health Jacksonville and was program director for the Advanced Gastrointestinal/Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship.

Prior to that, he had numerous roles at the University of Cincinnati, including interim chair of the Department of Surgery and program director of the surgery residency.

Nussbaum brings an extensive background in education and leadership. He has held leadership positions with numerous national professional organizations and is currently a senior director for the American Board of Surgery.

Nussbaum received his bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency at the University of Cincinnati Hospital and was a faculty member there for 22 years.

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