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Dr. Keenan was born in Ontario, Canada and lived in many places in the province and country. As an undergraduate, he was balancing passions for medicine and wildlife ecology until medicine won out. He received his medical degree from the University of Alberta then moved to Toronto to complete a residency in general surgery and a fellowship in thoracic surgery. In between, Dr. Keenan spent two years at the University of Pittsburgh where he conducted research on lung transplantation. He returned to Pittsburgh, in 1992, for a faculty position after completing his thoracic surgical fellowship. During his time at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Keenan became Director of Thoracic Surgery and then Vice-Chair of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery. He was also the Director of the Lung Transplant and Lung Volume Reduction programs. In 2000, Dr. Keenan moved to the West Penn Allegheny Health System (now Allegheny Health Network) where he was System Director of Thoracic Surgery and Chief Quality Officer for two of the major hospitals. In 2015, he was recruited to join Moffitt Cancer Center as the Chief Medical Officer and Vice-President of Quality. He is a Senior Member in the Department of Thoracic Oncology and a Professor of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Keenan’s clinical research activities include being a Principal Investigator for the National Emphysema Treatment Trial, a site Principal Investigator for numerous thoracic oncology cooperative group trials through ACOSOG, CALGB and ECOG and a national Co-Investigator for a randomized trial for early stage lung cancers. He is the author or co-author of over 230 scientific articles and book chapters. In the area of quality, Dr. Keenan has been an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and holds a Healthcare Lean Certificate from the University of Michigan.
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