Detroit Medical Center has announced Dr. Kenton J. Zehr as executive director of DMC’s Heart Hospital and cardiovascular service line.
He will work with Dr. Ileana Piña, regional and national director of heart failure and director of cardiovascular research and academic affairs for DMC.
“Their collective focus on addressing the diverse and chronic cardiac health needs of Detroit residents will have a profound impact on the overall health of the communities we touch,” says Dr. Anthony Tedeschi, CEO of DMC. “Dr. Zehr views Detroit as a thriving city with endless opportunity for both professional and personal contribution, and he is looking forward to quickly integrating with our DMC network of providers as well as embracing the spirit of Detroit.”
Zehr is a thoracic surgery specialist and previously worked at Johns Hopkins Hospital. While there, he also served as an associate professor of surgery. His specialties include aortic root and aortic aneurysm surgery, repair techniques for the aortic and mitral valves, and mechanical assistance for failing hearts and lungs. Zehr has also developed surgical aortic and mitral valve techniques, as well as mechanical device patents.
After graduating from Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Zehr completed his residency and fellowship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, during which he spent two years working in the cardiac surgery research laboratories. He also completed a fellowship in aortic surgery and thoracic organ transplantation at Harefield Hospital in London.
DMC operates eight hospitals and institutes and is based in Detroit.