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Lankenau Medical Center’s Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Francis P. Sutter, DO, honored by alma mater

Lankenau Medical Center January 31, 2018 News Releases

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has announced Francis P. Sutter, DO, FACS, FACOS, as the recipient of the 2018 OJ Snyder Memorial Medal. It was presented to Dr. Sutter during PCOM’s Founders’ Day luncheon on Friday, January 26, in memory of the co-founder of PCOM and is the college's highest award, which recognizes leadership and service to the osteopathic profession and to the institution. Dr. Sutter is a graduate of the PCOM class of 1976.

Dr. Sutter, chief of cardiac surgery at Main Line Health's Lankenau Medical Center and clinical professor of surgery at Jefferson Medical College, is well-known for his innovative approach to coronary bypass surgery, using a robotic surgical system to perform coronary artery bypass grafts while his patients’ hearts continue to beat. The procedure is far less intrusive, sparing his patients the foot-long incision, split sternum and connection to a heart-lung machine that is required in traditional coronary bypass surgeries.

Dr. Sutter has performed close to 1,700 of these procedures—more than any surgeon in the United States—and has presented his method to cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists across the globe. He began performing the minimally invasive robotic bypass surgeries at Lankenau in 2005, after the hospital conducted a $1 million fundraising drive to purchase the robot.

In addition to his pioneering surgical approach, Dr. Sutter has made several additional contributions to the field of surgery, such as: co-founding the Delaware Valley STS Quality Improvement Initiative; serving as co-chair and representative of the General & Subspecialty Surgery Residency Evaluations & Standards Committee for the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons; and serving as guest reviewer of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery and the Journal of Thoracic & Cardiovascular Surgery. Dr. Sutter is also a past member of the National Quality Forum, and holds memberships to a multitude of professional and scientific societies. He also was the first osteopathic physician to be board-certified by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Sutter has led national and international scientific meetings, and has frequently served as an invited guest speaker, sharing his expertise in the area of minimally-invasive surgical robotics. He has also published extensively on surgical treatments and has served as principal investigator and sub-investigator in studies and trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Over the years, Dr. Sutter has continued an association with PCOM, as a clinical associate professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular and Thoracic Surgery. PCOM students have completed rotations within his department at Lankenau, and he returns to campus annually to present to PCOM’s Surgery Club.

A native of Philadelphia, Dr. Sutter is a graduate of Cardinal O’Hara High School and has been inducted into their Sports Hall of Fame. He is also a graduate of LaSalle University and a recipient of the institution’s Roland Holroyd Award, presented to a distinguished physician.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985, Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health's commitment—to deliver advanced medicine for treating and curing disease, playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to be the region's premier choice for clinical care, research, and education. A team of more than 10,000 employees, 3,000 nurses and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health System.

At Main Line Health's core are four of the region's most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation's premier facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare, one of the region's largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care, and service, including U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals, System Magnet® designation; the nation's highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect, equity, and inclusion, has proudly received awards in this area and has embraced the American Hospital Association's #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education, and research to help patients stay healthy and live their best lives.

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About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 371-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education, that trains over 100 new physicians each year through nationally ranked residency and fellowship programs. Lankenau has received both regional and national recognition for its excellence in providing state-of-the-art, quality care. Lankenau Medical Center has been named among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania and top five in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals 2020–21, and was ranked as high-performing in abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, lung cancer surgery and nephrology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has also earned the highest distinction for excellence in nursing care, the American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet® designation.