MedStar Georgetown Welcomes Dr. Allen Taylor as Chief of Cardiology
Dr. Allen Taylor has joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital as chief of Cardiology. Dr. Taylor comes to MedStar Georgetown from the MedStar Heart Institute, having served as the director of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He served for 20 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as director of Cardiovascular Research, director for the training program in Cardiovascular Disease and chief of the Cardiology Service. Dr. Taylor is internationally recognized as a leader in cardiovascular prevention and imaging, and contributes to national clinical guidelines of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Dr. Taylor earned his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He performed fellowships at the University of Virginia and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. He is board-certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and is a fellow of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Dr. Taylor has held leadership appointments on multiple national cardiology organizations and is widely published in national medical journals.
Dr. Richard Morrissey Named Associate Medical Director
MedStar Georgetown is pleased to announce that Dr. Richard Morrissey is now serving as an associate medical director. Formerly chief of Cardiology at MedStar Georgetown, Dr. Morrissey joins fellow associate medical directors, Dr. John DeSimone and Dr. Dennis McIntyre, to oversee multiple medical activities at the Hospital. Dr. Morrissey is an active leader in MedStar Georgetown’s Center for Patient Safety and will focus on the development of a new short stay unit later this year. While in this new role, he will continue to practice in the Division of Cardiology. Dr. Morrissey brings a tremendous amount of medical and administrative experience to this new role. He earned his medical degree at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and completed an internship, residency and fellowship at the National Naval Medical Center. Following an additional fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Morrissey served at the National Naval Medical Center as the chief of Cardiology. He later joined MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in 2002. During his tenure at MGUH, Dr. Morrissey has served as president of the Medical Staff, interim chair of service of the Department of Medicine and director of the Echocardiography Lab. He has also provided outstanding leadership in his role as the division chief of Cardiology at MGUH since 2004.
MedStar Georgetown Names Dr. Brent Harris as Director of Neuropathology
Dr. Brent Harris has joined MedStar Georgetown’s Departments of Neurology and Pathology as director of Neuropathology. Prior to joining MedStar Georgetown, Dr. Harris practiced at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a neuropathologist and director of its ALS Center. He also served as a neuropathologist at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Harris is a Fellow of the College of American Pathologists and board certified in anatomic pathology and neuropathology. He earned his MD and PhD in pharmacology at Georgetown University, and completed his postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical School. Dr. Harris has over 60 peer reviewed publications in the neuroscience literature and serves on several study sections and editorial boards. His research interests span basic, translational, and clinical work in neurodegenerative diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s, and prions as well as CNS neoplasia and traumatic brain injury. He is currently working on establishing the MedStar Georgetown Brain Bank, a collaborative effort between MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Georgetown University. Dr. Harris has established a consultative service to receive muscle, nerve, CNS biopsies and CNS autopsies.
Dr. Carlo Tornatore Named Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital recently named Dr. Carlo Tornatore as vice chairman for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Neurology. In this role, Dr. Tornatore assists in the development of strategies for expansion of MedStar Georgetown’s ambulatory neurology practices. He also provides oversight on the recruitment of new physicians for those practices and collaborates with Hospital leaders to assure the efficient and effective growth of Neurology’s ambulatory programs. In addition to his new role, Dr. Tornatore continues to serve as Residency Program and Student Clerkship Director. Dr. Tornatore brings extensive clinical and academic achievements and experience to this new role. Following completion of both his medical school education and neurology residency at Georgetown University, Dr. Tornatore spent four years as a NIH senior staff fellow in Molecular Virology and two subsequent years as a section chief in Molecular Therapeutics before returning to MedStar Georgetown as an attending physician. As director of the Hospital’s Multiple Sclerosis Program, Dr. Tornatore has built one of the largest comprehensive clinical and treatment programs in the region, and he is a national expert in immune related disorders.
Dr. Eddie Island recently joined MedStar’s Georgetown Transplant Institute, specializing in laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation, resections and diagnostics for pediatric and adult patients with liver tumors. Dr. Island is board-certified and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He comes to MedStar Georgetown having served as an associate director at the University of Miami’s Pediatric Liver and GI Transplant Program. Dr. Island was fellowship trained in laparoscopic liver resection surgery at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong, and was a fellow in liver transplantation at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and completed his internship and residency at the University of California. A reviewer for Pediatric Transplantation, Dr. Island is a frequent contributor to The Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Transplantation Proceedings, World Journal of Surgery and other peer-reviewed publications.