On January 1, 2024, Sukgu Han, MD, MS, stepped into his new role as the Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Keck Medicine of USC. Departing Division Chief Fred Weaver, MD, MMM, stepped down to focus on his new role as Keck Medicine’s associate chief clinical officer for surgical and procedural operations.

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A Rare Surgical Talent
Dr. Han is a gifted vascular surgeon who is known for designing and crafting custom stents for his patients. He also serves as the co-director of the USC Aortic Center with Fernando Fleischman, MD. The Aortic Center, a part of USC’s Cardiac and Vascular Institute, is a multidisciplinary program that handles complex cases and aortic emergencies from across Southern California.

Dr. Han completed his General Surgery residency at USC while completing a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering at the same time. He was voted Outstanding Chief Resident by the faculty in 2012. Dr. Han went on to complete a fellowship in Vascular Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco, and then took on additional training in complex aortic repairs at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

Dr. Han’s exceptional skill and knowledge have drawn patients and students from across the world to USC’s Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy program.

A Trojan Through and Through
Dr. Fred Weaver received his Bachelor of Science, his MD, and his Master’s in Medical Management from USC. He joined the Department of Surgery in 1986, eventually becoming the Chief of Vascular Surgery and growing the division from just three surgeons to nine.

“I would like to personally thank Dr. Weaver for all his years of service,” said Vaughn Starnes, MD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, in his announcement. “More importantly, I would like to thank him for his friendship and wise counsel throughout our 31 years working together.”