Creighton B. Wright, M.D., a highly respected thoracic and cardiovascular surgeon in the Cincinnati area, has been named the first Medical Director of Mount St. Joseph University’s Physician Assistant Studies (PA) program that is in development. Dr. Wright serves as Vice President of Medical Affairs for Mercy Health – West Hospital.
The Mount has been approved to develop a PA program with initial enrollment proposed to begin in 2017-2018. The development of a new graduate program complements a new major in biomedical sciences undergraduate program that began in 2014. Patrick Cafferty, director of the Mount’s developing PA program, said Dr. Wright’s addition to the PA program staff shows the Mount’s dedication to developing a top PA program.
“Dr. Wright brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and experience to the Mount,” said Cafferty. “His involvement will provide our students insight and clinical judgement not typically seen in developing programs.”
Dr. Wright served as the medical director of Cardiovascular Service Line for The Health Alliance of Cincinnati from 2000-2003; Chief of Staff and Acting Director of the Cincinnati VA 2003-2007 and continued with Cardiac, Vascular and Thoracic Surgeons in practice. He founded and continues to serve as medical director of the Cincinnati State Medical Ultrasound Diagnostic Vascular Program, and was a founding member of the Board of UC Health. He joined the staffs of Christ Hospital and The Jewish Hospital in 1981 where he served as Chief of Surgery and Executive Committee of the Medical Staff and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at Jewish. He remains on the faculties of the Uniformed Services University, and the University of Cincinnati.
“I believe we face significant shortages in health care providers in the near future,” Dr. Wright said. “The original PA program established by my mentor, Dr. Eugene A. Stead while I was at Duke, is currently the number one program in the country. I believe we can emulate that success at the Mount with relationships with our many wonderful health systems in Greater Cincinnati. I look forward to helping the excellent faculty at the Mount establish this needed program to enhance access and care in our region.”
Dr. Wright graduated from Duke University and Duke University Medical School, before completing his general and cardiovascular-thoracic surgical residencies at the University of Virginia. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam and in the Gulf War, and has received many commendations and honors, including the Bronze Star, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, and the Kuwait Liberation Medal. As a scientist and educator, Dr. Wright has more than 200 publications, including four books. He remains a “Top Doc” in Greater Cincinnati, and recently received the Daniel Drake Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Medicine. He is President of the American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate.