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    Brigham and Women’s names new neurosurgery chairman

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced Thursday that it has appointed a new chairman of neurosurgery. Dr. E. Antonio Chiocca will lead the neurosurgery department at both the Brigham and Faulkner Hospital, beginning August 1.

    He has been chair of neurological surgery at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center since 2004, but he trained in Boston, completing his residency in neurosurgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.

    “Dr. Chiocca is a superior neurosurgeon and a compassionate care provider to his patients. He also is a leading researcher in the area of brain tumors and a dedicated mentor and teacher to scores of neurosurgeons and neuroscientists,” Dr. Betsy Nabel, president of Brigham and Women’s and Faulkner hospitals, said in a news release.

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    Chiocca replaces Dr. A. John Popp, who is leaving for Stanford, where he will be vice chair of strategic planning and development and medical director of neurosciences. He is joining his wife, Margaret Vosburgh, who was hired as chief operating officer of Stanford Hospitals and Clinic.

    A native of Padua, Italy, Chiocca got his medical degree and a Ph.D. at the University of Texas at El Paso, according to the release.

    Gideon Gil can be reached at ggil@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globegideon.