Robert Poston

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Robert S. Poston
Born September 27, 1967
United States, Dallas, Texas
United States
Education Undergraduate:
University of Texas at Austin
Medical School:
Johns Hopkins Medical School
General Surgery Residency:
UCSF Medical Center
Research Fellowship:
Stanford University Medical Center
Medical career
Profession Cardiac surgeon
Institutions University of Maryland Medical Center,
Boston Medical Center,
University of Arizona Medical Center
Research MIDCAB, Coronary artery bypass surgery

Robert S. Poston is an American cardiac surgeon at University of Arizona Medical Center most noted for his research in robot-assisted heart surgery and Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery. Dr. Poston’s research interest regarding the mechanism of early graft thrombosis was recognized with a five-year RO1 clinical research grant from the National Institutes of Health in 2007. Consistent with his goal of addressing routine clinical problems with a mechanistic based understanding, he has also been awarded grants from Intuitive Surgical to study how robotics accelerates patient recovery time, Maquet to study the impact of endoscopic harvesting techniques on the quality of bypass conduits and Cardiogenesis to study the impact of laser revascularization techniques on bypass graft flow. He has been the first/senior author of 100 papers and abstracts. His research manuscripts are available on pubmed.[1]

University of Texas[edit]

Robert Poston attended University of Texas at Austin 1986-1989 where he played for the Texas Longhorns baseball team as a catcher. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa focusing on pre-medical studies, subsequently matriculating to Johns Hopkins Medical School.

Medical Education[edit]

After graduating with honors from Johns Hopkins Medical School in 1993, Dr. Poston completed a residency in general surgery at the University of California-San Francisco. He also completed a research fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine, and clinical cardiothoracic residency at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

University of Maryland[edit]

Dr. Poston’s first clinical appointment was in July 2002 under his mentor, Dr. Bartley Griffith at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.[2] With Dr. Griffith’s guidance, he developed a clinical and research niche in off-pump Coronary artery bypass surgery and robotic CABG, establishing a national reputation in these areas.[3] Subsequently, he was recruited to become the chief of cardiac surgery at Boston University in March 2008.

Boston Medical Center[edit]

Dr. Poston came to Boston Medical Center as the chief of Cardiac Surgery [4] with a very aggressive plan to establish a program in robotic coronary bypass surgery and a belief that high risk cases and rapid growth in volume should be integral to the early establishment of the program. As a result of a major marketing campaign[5] by the hospital and Dr. Poston’s personal initiative meeting with individual cardiologists and groups, the program was quickly established and attracted patients not only from his traditional referral groups but from widely throughout New England. The program grew quickly and cardiac surgical volumes significantly increased during Dr. Poston’s first year despite decreasing cardiac surgical volumes across the city. Operating times, length of stay in the intensive care unit and in the hospital, and the need for blood transfusions all improved in comparison to patients undergoing isolated CABG the year prior to his arrival. The cardiac program results as reported to MASS-DAC,[6] the state registry of CABG results, were recognized in 2009 by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons with a three-star rating (highest quality[7]) for the first time at this institution. Although CABG results had always been satisfactory at Boston University, this award indicated for the first time a level of performance on quality indicators that was in the top 10% of the country. Unfortunately, due to a number of minimal access/robotic complications, he was asked to relinquish his position as chief at Boston Medical Center and was recruited by a Chicago hospital, where poor outcomes led to his firing from that institution as well. He is currently suspended from the Arizona hospital for similar graft occlusion/poor outcome issues. There is a pending litigation regarding these quality issues.

Honors and Awards[edit]

2005 – Finalist, “Innovator of the Year” for the hybrid revascularization project at University of Maryland, The Daily Record Magazine

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