DEBORAH® Heart and Lung Center Board, continued...
LYNN B. McGRATH, MD
Vice President of Medical Affairs for DEBORAH Heart and Lung Center, Chairman of DEBORAH’s Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery Appointed Attending Surgeon at DEBORAH in 1985, Dr. McGrath was named Department Chair in 1989. He performs an average of 500 open-heart surgeries annually, and has performed approximately 10,300 open-heart surgeries throughout his DEBORAH career. The Surgical Director of DEBORAH’s Children of the World Program, Dr. McGrath has operated on 1,400 children from 91 countries around the world. Through Children of the World, Dr. McGrath has performed open-heart surgery on children during medical missions to the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and Lithuania.
Dr. McGrath has introduced various minimally invasive techniques for heart surgery and vein harvesting at DEBORAH, including minimally invasive heart surgery using Port Access, which was performed for the first time in New Jersey by Dr. McGrath in 1997. He also has extensive experience in teaching and has conducted significant research in his specialty areas, having made more than 150 presentations nationally and internationally, and authoring over 100 scientific papers and chapters for medical textbooks.
A graduate of Memorial University Medical School, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, Dr. McGrath received post-graduate training in surgery at McGill University, Montreal. He continued his surgical studies in Boston at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Appointed Arthur Tracy Cabot Fellow in Surgery and Instructor in Surgery at Harvard Medical School, Dr. McGrath was named Chief Surgical Resident and Assistant to the Surgeon-in-Chief in 1981. He was also appointed to the staff of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. McGrath pursued his training in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he completed ha subspecialty in pediatric cardiac surgery in 1984. He was also an Instructor in Surgery and Chief Resident in Cardiovascular Surgery and Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Alabama.
Dr. McGrath began his career at DEBORAH in 1985, as an Attending Surgeon and Director of Pediatric Surgery. By 1989, he was Chair of the Department of Surgery. In 1999, he was also elected Vice President of Medical Affairs and Chair of the Medical Staff. In 2006, Dr. McGrath surpassed his 10,000th open-heart surgery procedure, achieving a professional milestone that gives him entrée into an elite group of cardiothoracic surgeons worldwide. This milestone is an accomplishment that most heart institutions have only achieved through the collective efforts of a combined staff of heart surgeons. Dr. McGrath’s practice includes success in healing all ages with a variety of heart conditions.
ROBERT C. MESSINA, JR
President, Burlington Co College
Dr. Robert C. Messina, Jr., has been President of Burlington County College since January 1987, and has faithfully served the citizens and students of Burlington County in this position. Dr. Messina has led Burlington County College to the cutting edge of instructional technology; BCC, under his leadership, is now recognized as a national leader of the use of technology in the classroom. Additionally, through his efforts, the College has grown substantially to meet the needs of its students, with multiple expansions on both its Mount Laurel and Pemberton campuses. Dr. Messina began his career at Nassau Community College as an instructor in the physical sciences and engineering science department, and achieved the rank of Full Professor at Nassau, and was chairman of the physical sciences department, special assistant to the president, and dean of instruction for mathematics and sciences during his tenure at the College. He taught graduate courses at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and teaches graduate-level courses for Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Messina was born and educated in New York City. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chem. from the City College of New York, his Master of Arts degree in Chem. from Hunter College and his Doctorate in Analytical Chem. from Fordham University. He was awarded a National Science Foundation fellowship for research on the determination of toxic metals in the human body. In 1999, Dr. Messina was selected as a trustee of The College Board, a prestigious national educational org. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Memorial Hospital of Burlington County, Board of Directors of the Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors of the Southern New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, the Facilities Committee of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, the Executive Board of the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education’s Presidents’ Council, and more. He has also been honored with a number of prestigious awards, including the Association of Community College Trustees Regional Chief Executive of the Year, the Burlington County Council’s Distinguished Citizen of the Year, and more. “In the future, Deborah Heart and Lung Center will be challenged to fund its goals, as all hospitals will,” stated Dr. Messina. “But long-term, the reputation of the Center, the quality of care provided and the focus of its administration will help conquer this challenge. I’m proud to be part of an organization that offers hope to those who need its services, and I hope my support on its Executive Board can help the Center continue to succeed.”