West Michigan News

June 01, 2012


When British surgeon Dr. Marcus Haw received a phone call from an old friend suggesting he consider working in Grand Rapids, he laughed it off.

He had spent 15 years as chief of congenital cardiovascular surgery at the University Hospital of Southampton, building one of the top-ranked programs in the United Kingdom.

“I said, ‘No. Where is Grand Rapids? I’m not going to America. I’m very, very happy where I am,’” Haw recalled.

Less than a year later, he sat in the cafeteria at Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, talking excitedly about joining Dr. Neal Hillman in leading a major expansion of the pediatric cardiac surgery program.

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Category: GrandRapids, Health, Healthcare, Home, Innovation

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Category: Community, Education, GrandRapids, Health, Healthcare, Innovation, LifeSciences, WestMichigan

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Category: Diversity, Entrepreneurship, Food, Health, WestMichigan

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Category: Community, GrandRapids, Health, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan

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Category: Community, Entertainment, GrandRapids, Health, Sports&Recreation, WestMichigan