Jordan Named Chair of MCG Department of Surgery

Jennifer Hilliard Scott

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023

William D. Jordan Jr., MD, a vascular surgeon with nearly three decades of leadership experience in academic medicine, has been named chair of the Department of Surgery at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Jordan, the John E. Skandalakis Chair in Surgery and chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular Therapy at Emory University, will join MCG July 1. Pending approval by the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, he also will be named the Moretz/Mansberger Distinguished Chair in Surgery.

“Dr. Jordan not only has a stellar reputation as an exceptional surgeon, but he has also worked tirelessly to nearly double the number of faculty in his division since he joined Emory in 2016,” says David Hess, MD, MCG dean. “He also shares MCG’s unwavering commitment to Georgia, the state where he trained and has practiced for the last seven years. I am excited to have him lead the Department of Surgery at the state’s only public medical school. I also want to thank Dr. Steve Holsten for graciously stepping up again and expertly leading the department through this transition. I am grateful to him for his continued support.”

Jordan earned his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1988 and completed a residency in general surgery at the University of Alabama Birmingham before returning to Emory for his vascular surgery fellowship.

He then returned to UAB to join the faculty in the Section of Vascular Surgery in 1994. He was promoted to chief in 1996, grew the section into a division and was named its director in 2013. While serving as chief he helped start the medical school’s Vascular Surgery Fellowship and Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency and served as program director of both.

He returned to his medical school alma mater in 2016 as chief and under his leadership it has grown from a three-site group of 13 surgeons to 24 surgeons at five different clinical sites that cover eight hospitals.

Jordan’s clinical and research interests include minimally invasive treatment of aortic diseases, carotid artery diseases and peripheral vascular diseases.

He has served as president of the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery, the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery, the Georgia Vascular Society and the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery. He was a director of the Vascular Surgery Board and served as a senior examiner for the American Board of Surgery.

He serves on the editorial boards of VascularThe Journal of Vascular Surgery, Annals of Vascular Surgery, and the Journal of Endovascular Therapy.