Harold Wolcott was named president and a director of BSD Medical (Salt Lake City). Wolcott most recently was president/COO of Dimicron. He replaces Hyrum Mead, who is will retiring as president and director, posts he has held since 1999. BSD Medical makes systems used to deliver precision-focused microwave/RF energy to diseased sites in the body, including cancer.

Carl O'Connell has been promoted from president to CEO of MedSurg Specialty Devices (MSD; Mandeville, Louisiana). MSD is a medical device distribution organization consisting of integrated divisions of Flanagan Instruments, Products for Surgery and Life Systems Healthcare, along with affiliated independent device distributors serving healthcare in the U.S.

Michael Mack, MD, has been named president-elect of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (Chicago). Mack is a surgeon on the medical staff of The Heart Hospital Baylor and medical director of cardiovascular surgery for Baylor Health Care System (both Dallas).

Michael Kussman, MD, the Under Secretary for Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA; Washington), reported his intention to retire from federal service by May 9, ending a 37-year government career. Kussman, who attained the rank of brigadier general while in the U.S. Army, has been with VA since 2000.

Hank Struik was named a senior executive advisor of Water Street Healthcare Partners (Chicago). Struik was a former president of Cardinal Health. Water Street Healthcare Partners is a private equity firm focused exclusively on the health care industry.

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