November 15, 2019
Pasco, Hillsborough & Pinellas, Florida – Medical Center of Trinity is pleased to announce the appointment of William (Bill) Killinger, MD, as its new Chief Medical Officer.
William (Bill) Killinger, MD, is a third generation Florida physician. He was raised in Orlando and graduated from Emory University and the University of Virginia School of Medicine. After completing general surgery at UNC- Chapel Hill, he trained in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. He then served as a clinical associate staff member at the Cleveland Clinic for three years, before returning to North Carolina to practice.
Dr Killinger was in private practice for 27 years in Raleigh, NC. He has had a distinguished career as a cardiothoracic surgeon, including serving as guest editor for the prestigious Annals of Thoracic Surgery and The Heart Surgery Forum journals. He was the highest volume US surgeon contributor to the Syntax trial, the landmark international study of CABG surgery vs stents for multi-vessel coronary disease.
Dr Killinger served as both the Vice-Chairman and the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at WakeMed Health and Hospitals, and was elected member at large to the MEC. He served as medical director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care unit, and in 2016 was appointed medical director of the Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular surgery programs at WakeMed. Under his direction, WakeMed achieved the highest Society of Thoracic Surgery quality ranking of three stars for 4 consecutive reporting periods, and he led the program to the number one ranking in North Carolina for CABG surgery.
He is currently completing work on his Healthcare Executive MBA with Brandeis University. As Chief Medical Officer, his interests are in patient safety, quality of care, physician relations and operations efficiency. Dr Killinger is a certified Just Culture champion.
Dr Killinger has been married for over 35 years to his wife Joyce. They breed and show championship Tibetan terrier dogs and have competed at the Westminster and Eukanuba dog shows. Dr Killinger enjoys running, most recently taking a team of 30 runners from his hospital in Raleigh overseas to run in the Paris Marathon.