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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2003

Dr. Alex Little Appointed the Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair of Surgery
at Wright State University School of Medicine

DAYTON, OHIO--Alex G. Little, M.D., has been appointed professor and the Elizabeth Berry Gray Chair of Surgery at Wright State University School of Medicine, effective September 1.

Little is a Georgia native who received his undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina. He holds an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Following two years of residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he completed his training in general and thoracic surgery at the University of Chicago where he studied the field of esophageal physiology with David B. Skinner, M.D. He served as a faculty member at the University of Chicago until 1988, when he was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Little's clinical and academic interests relate to the field of general thoracic surgery, the surgical treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and benign esophageal diseases, including laparoscopic surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease and hiatal hernia. He was chosen as an outstanding physician by two Las Vegas publications and has twice been included in Good Housekeeping's list of "Best Cancer Surgeons in America."

Little is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has been a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society since medical school and was a Fellow in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Chicago.

Little served as a visiting professor at 25 institutions and is a member of 27 international, national, and regional medical societies, including the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Surgical Association, and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. He served as president of the American College of Chest Physicians. A prolific writer, Little has published more than 100 scientific articles and 75 book chapters, has coedited three books, and is the editor of a book in press.

Department of Surgery at Wright State University School of Medicine