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CMMC Surgeon Named to Practice Council

Michael A. Ricci, M.D., chief of vascular surgery at the Central Maine Heart and Vascular Institute in Lewiston, has been appointed to the Society for Vascular Surgery's Clinical Practice Council.

The Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) is a not-for-profit professional medical society, composed primarily of vascular surgeons, that seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research, and public awareness. SVS is the national advocate for 4,500 specialty-trained vascular surgeons and other medical professionals who are dedicated to the prevention and cure of vascular system diseases, including aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease, and peripheral vascular disease.

The SVS Clinical Practice Council assists with the development of programs and products to help members successfully manage changing practice patterns, reduced reimbursement, competitive pressures and the business aspects of practice.

As a council member, Ricci will help monitor the vascular surgery practice environment, identify issues that need SVS attention, and recommend strategic initiatives. He will oversee the work of reporting committees and ad hoc work groups focusing on clinical practice matters. He will also help review clinical practice sections of the SVS website.

Prior to joining the greater Lewiston-Auburn medical community last year, Ricci practiced at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vt., the major teaching hospital for the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He also provided consultative services at Alice Hyde Hospital in Malone, N.Y., and Canton-Potsdam Hospital in Potsdam, N.Y.

He is a colonel in Air National Guard and was recently appointed state air surgeon for the Vermont Air National Guard. (State air surgeon is the top physician position in each state's Air National Guard.) He has served with the "Green Mountain Boys" since 2003, most recently as commander of the 158th Medical Group. He has twice deployed to Balad, Iraq, and once to Bagram, Afghanistan, where he served as a flight surgeon and a vascular and trauma surgeon in Air Force theater hospitals.

Ricci has extensive experience as a practicing surgeon and surgical educator. He started the first vascular lab in Vermont and initiated the endovascular repair of aortic aneurysms in that region. At the University of Vermont College of Medicine, he most recently served as the first Clinical Simulation Laboratory director. He is a professor of surgery emeritus at the University of Vermont, where he worked for 23 years.

He is co-author of more than 100 scientific articles on vascular surgery, telemedicine, simulation, and operating room safety.