Dr. Fingleton to lead clinical cardiac surgery operations, quality

March 23, 2017

Dr. James Fingleton

James G. Fingleton, M.D., has been named chief of clinical cardiac surgery operations and quality at Lifespan’s Cardiovascular Institute, southeastern New England’s largest and most comprehensive cardiac program. Fingleton will assume this role April 1 when he joins University Cardiovascular Surgical Associates in Providence. 

The appointment is a homecoming for Fingleton who was a member of The Miriam Hospital’s open-heart surgery program for 17 years and later was a key member of the combined Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam open-heart program.  

Fingleton returns to Lifespan from Southcoast Health System, where he served as chief of cardiovascular surgery for five years. Fingleton was responsible for expanding cardiac services at the Massachusetts-based health system during his tenure. 

“Dr. Fingleton’s strong commitment to providing individualized care, focused on each patient’s unique needs, along with his extensive experience and training will be a valuable addition to the Lifespan cardiac surgery program,” said William G. Cioffi, M.D., surgeon-in-chief at Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital, and chairman of the department of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

At Lifespan’s CVI, Fingleton will be responsible for the day-to-day quality operations for Lifespan’s cardiac surgery program. It is the largest volume open-heart surgery and interventional cardiology program in southeastern New England.

Fingleton’s clinical interests include multiple arterial grafting, aortic aneurysm surgery, and minimally invasive valve repair and replacement.

“I am looking forward to returning to Lifespan and the academic practice environment at Brown University. I will be part of an excellent group of surgeons, anesthesiologists, physician assistants, nurses, and perfusionists, all top-flight professionals that constitute the Rhode Island Hospital cardiac surgery team,” said Fingleton. “I hope to augment the already strong procedural offerings at Lifespan, and to serve the community of Rhode Island and southern New England.” 

Frank W. Sellke, M.D., chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Lifespan, said the arrival of Fingleton will further enhance a program that is already the region’s leader. CVI offers comprehensive services, from cutting-edge diagnostics and therapies to cardiac rehabilitation service critical to long-term recovery. 

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Fingleton join us as we continue our mission to build upon a world-class cardiac surgery program that meets the needs and expectations of our community,” said Sellke. 

Fingleton, a resident of Barrington, Rhode Island, will join Lifespan in April. Board certified in thoracic surgery, Fingleton is a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, where he also completed an internship and residency in general surgery. He completed an additional residency in cardiothoracic surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He is a clinical assistant professor of surgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. 

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