Bon Secours Heart Institute Medical Director Earns Masters in Bioethics

Portsmouth, Va. (August 18, 2010) – Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center is proud to announce that Robert F Dunton, M.D., a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, has earned a Masters in Bioethics from the Union Graduate College and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Dunton is the medical director and senior surgeon for the Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute.

Prior to joining Bon Secours in 2007, Dr. Dunton served as a cardiothoracic surgeon at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Concord, N.H. In this capacity, he was involved in active management of clinical service, growth of services, public and medical community education and clinical care of cardiothoracic surgical patients. Also, he served as the medical coordinator of the Concord Hospital Open Heart Program and as an assistant professor of surgery at Dartmouth Medical School. He was involved in academic activities at Northeastern University Perfusion Training Program and research activities for the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group.

From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Dunton was a cardiothoracic surgeon at the Wichita Clinic in Wichita, Kan. He was chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita and an assistant professor of surgery at the University Of Kansas School Of Medicine. From 1989 to 1996, he was a cardiothoracic surgeon at Overholt Cardiothoracic Clinic in Boston, where he also served as a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and the chief of thoracic surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Dr. Dunton received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He completed a general surgery internship and residency at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn., where he received the Upjohn Outstanding Intern Award. He was a senior resident in cardiac surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital and completed a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Dunton has co-authored and published numerous articles and has presented papers to many surgical societies. He has been a member of the American Heart Association Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia since 2004. Dr. Dunton is a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons and the American College of Chest Surgeons and a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. In addition, Dr. Dunton was honored by the Bon Secours Senior Health program as the physician of the year in 2009 for his work in bringing world-class cardiac care to the Western Hampton Roads community.

The Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute, located at Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, is affiliated with the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Institute opened in November 2005 and is the only open-heart surgery facility in Western Hampton Roads. Columbia University Medical Center at New York Presbyterian Hospital, ranked sixth by U.S. News & World Report in 2010, is among the nation’s best heart and heart surgery hospitals. Patients of the Bon Secours Heart and Vascular Institute receive world-class, cardiac care according to Columbia University’s best practices, before, during and after a surgery.

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