Lahey Clinic Appoints Chairmen to Lead Neurosurgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

 Lahey Clinic Appoints Chairmen to Lead
Neurosurgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Burlington, Mass. – December 16, 2011 – Lahey Clinic announced today the appointment of two new clinical chairmen. Zoher Ghogawala, MD, FACS, has been named the Charles A. Fager Chair of Neurosurgery, while Lifei Guo, MD, PhD, FACS, has been named the chair of the Clinic’s plastic and reconstructive surgery department.

Dr. Ghogawala is a board certified neurosurgeon specializing in spinal and vascular neurological disorders. He comes to Lahey from Yale New Haven Hospital and Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, where he founded and directed the Wallace Trials Center, a research effort funded by the Jean and David Wallace Foundation. He is the principal investigator for several national, externally funded clinical trials, including the SLIP ( and CSM ( studies, and is involved in comparative effectiveness research, a patient-oriented type of research that explores the effectiveness, benefits and harmful effects of different treatment options. As an example, Dr. Ghogawala has initiated and nearly completed the national Neuropoint SD registry, which aims at a national level to document outcomes and measure the quality of lumbar spinal fusion surgery in the U.S. at 12 major medical centers.

Among his many prestigious memberships, Dr. Ghogawala currently serves as technical advisor for the National Quality Forum Steering Committee, serves on the board of directors for the North American Spine Society, chairs the clinical trials committee for the AANS/CNS Spine Section, and serves on the executive committee of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is also the current president of the Connecticut State Neurosurgical Society.

Ghogawala completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University, and graduated from Harvard Medical School with high honors in 1991. He completed his residency training in neurological surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Guo joins Lahey Clinic from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He specializes in breast reconstruction, complex reconstructive surgery and hand and microsurgery. Dr. Guo’s research interests include wound healing, microvascular anastomosis, as well as nerve and tissue regeneration.
Dr. Guo earned his doctorate in molecular genetics and cell biology from the University of Chicago, and he received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in plastic surgery through the Harvard Combined Plastic Surgery Residency Program and a fellowship in hand and microsurgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital Boston.

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