A local doctor has just broken the glass ceiling at Albany. Medical Center Hospital. Dr. K Marie King has been appointed the nation's first black female chairperson with her appointment at the Albany Medical Center.

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According to CBS 6, Dr. K Marie King was recently appointed as chair of the. Department of Surgery and Chief of Surgery. Her appointment is a huge deal because there’s never been a black female to hold that position.

Vincent P Verdile is the Dean of Albany Medical College and Senior Executive Vice President for System Care Delivery at Albany Medical Center. He spoke very highly of Dr. King. He said, “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. Her breadth of experience, strong clinical skills, and business acumen, along with her commitment to quality, will serve her well and she leads and advances Albany Medical’s Surgical Services.“

Dr. King’s résumé is jam-packed with impressive experience. Most recently, she holds the position of Professor of Surgery at Morehouse School of Medicine. In addition, she is the Director of Surgery and Medical Director for Surgery Quality.

Dr. King earned her medical degree and a master’s degree in Biomedical Surgery at Washington University. She also earned a master’s degree in Business Management from Brandeis University and she is also a United States Army veteran.

Dr. King has received awards for her research and liver and pancreatic cancer And she has written more than 100 peer-review publications and books.

Dr. King is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and the American College of Surgeons.

We welcome Dr. King to the Capital Region and we congratulate her on her history-making appointment.

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