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New Chair in Surgery

First Black Female Chair of Surgery at an Academic Health Sciences Center in US

Albany Med has announced the appointment of KMarie King, M.D., M.S., M.B.A., FACS as chair of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgery effective September 1, 2021. She is the first Black female chair of surgery at an academic health science center in the United States.

A fellowship-trained hepatobiliary and pancreas surgeon, Dr. King is currently a professor of surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine and chief of surgery and medical director for surgical quality at Grady Memorial Hospital (GMH), a 960-bed hospital and Level 1 trauma center in Atlanta. She is recognized for her commitment to quality and is the surgeon champion for GMH’s National Surgical Quality Improvement Program.

“Throughout her distinguished career, Dr. King has positioned herself as a proven leader in all areas of academic medicine, including patient care, medical education, and clinical research,” said Vincent P. Verdile, M.D. ’84, The Lynne and Mark Groban, M.D., ’67 Distinguished Dean of Albany Medical College and Senior Executive Vice President for System Care Delivery at Albany Med. “Her breadth of experience, strong clinical skills, and business acumen, along with her commitment to quality, will serve her well as she leads and advances Albany Med’s surgical services.”

Dr. King completed her fellowship training at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where she also earned a master’s degree in biomedical science. She completed her residency training in general surgery and a research fellowship in surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and earned her medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. King also holds a Master of Business Management from Brandeis University. She is a United States Army veteran, having served in Operation Desert Storm.

A prolific researcher, Dr. King has received numerous awards for her research in the areas of liver and pancreatic cancers and has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. Her professional memberships include the American College of Surgeons, the Board of Trustees of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and she serves as program chair of both the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons. She is also an oral examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

Albany Med’s Department of Surgery is comprised of more than 100 full-time, board-certified surgeons representing a full spectrum of surgical specialties. The department has a long history of surgical achievements and firsts in the region, including the first open heart procedure, and boasts one of the busiest structural heart programs and New York State’s busiest trauma center.

Dr. King replaces Steven Stain, M.D., who served as chair of the department for 15 years. Lewis W. Britton, M.D., has served as interim chair since Dr. Stain’s departure in late 2020.