Richard Shemin, MD joined UCLA in 2007 as the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Shemin is the Director of UCLA’s Thoracic Surgery Residency program. Dr. Shemin was accepted out of high school into the Six Year Medical Program at Boston University. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and received his BA degree Magna Cum Laude. In medical school he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha in his junior year. Dr. Shemin received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine in 1974. Dr. Shemin is an educator and had held leadership positions in the Thoracic Surgery Training Directors Association. He has lead the Curriculum Committee, been the Editor of the Adult Cardiac Surgery Section of the Curriculum, and the self-assessment exam SESATS. Dr. Shemin is a Director on the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and serves on the Maintenance of Certification Committee.
Peyman Benharash, MD is the Associate Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency. Dr. Benharash completed his undergraduate and medical degrees at UCLA, his General Surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA, and his Thoracic Surgery Residency at UCLA. After completeing his residency, he joined the UCLA faculty as an Associate Professor. Dr. Benharash divides his time between UCLA and the West Los Angeles VA. Dr. Benharash is the principle investigator of CORELAB and holds a dual appointment with the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.