Allegheny Health Network Names Ngoc Thai, MD, PhD, System Chair of the Department of Surgery

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Nationally Recognized Transplant Surgeon Will Oversee Surgical Services at Network’s Hospitals and Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Ngoc Thai, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Surgery

Dr. Thai has demonstrated the exceptional leadership capabilities that we believe are essential to our Department of surgery’s continued growth and success.

Ngoc Thai, MD, PhD, a nationally recognized transplant surgeon and director of the Center for Abdominal Transplantation at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), has been named Chair of the Department of Surgery for Allegheny Health Network (AHN).

In his new role, Dr. Thai will oversee surgical services provided at AHN’s eight hospitals and 22 outpatient centers. Working together with executive leaders and department chairs, Dr. Thai will be responsible for a wide range of clinical and operational functions, executing the department’s strategic vision for its employed physicians, residents, fellows and physician extenders. He’ll also work to further expand AHN’s surgical program by building relationships with independent surgery groups throughout the region.

“Dr. Thai has demonstrated the exceptional leadership capabilities that we believe are essential to our Department of surgery’s continued growth and success,” said Donald Whiting, MD, President of Allegheny Clinic, AHN’s physician organization. “He is an outstanding clinician and a leader in the field of organ transplantation, and we are excited about the role he will play in further strengthening the clinical, academic and scientific foundations of our surgical program in the years to come.”

Since joining AGH in 2007, Dr. Thai has worked tirelessly to help advance the Network’s surgical and transplant programs. Among many accomplishments, he established AHN’s liver transplant program, played a key role in bringing an organ transplant clinic to Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie and helped pioneer the use of Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy to treat patients with inoperable liver cancer.

Prior to AGH, Dr. Thai served as both Director of Pancreas Transplantation and Director of Operations for Kidney Transplantation at the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute of UPMC, where he also completed his fellowship in transplantation surgery.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Thai is an active member of several local, national and international professional organizations including the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, the Center for Organ Recovery & Education (CORE) and the Transplant Recipient International Organization. He is also a Major in the United States Army Reserve Medical Corps.

Dr. Thai is recognized by Best Doctors as a national leader in his field and he won the American Liver Foundation’s Tribute to Excellence Award in 2011.

A graduate of Cornell University, Dr. Thai earned his Ph.D. and medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh. His post-graduate training included an internship and residency at the University of Rochester at Strong Memorial Hospital.


About Allegheny Health Network
Allegheny Health Network (, a Highmark Health company, is an integrated healthcare delivery system serving the greater Western Pennsylvania region. The Network is composed of eight hospitals, including Allegheny General Hospital, its flagship academic medical center in Pittsburgh, Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights, Canonsburg Hospital in Canonsburg, Forbes Hospital in Monroeville, Jefferson Hospital in Jefferson Hills, Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie, West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh and Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield, NY. The Network provides patients with access to a complete spectrum of advanced medical services, including nationally recognized programs for primary and emergency care, cardiovascular disease, cancer care, orthopaedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, women’s health, diabetes and more. It also is home to a comprehensive research institute; Health + Wellness Pavilions; an employed physician organization, home and community based health services and a group purchasing organization. The Network employs approximately 19,000 people, has more than 2,400 physicians on its medical staff and serves as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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