Governor appoints retired surgeon to YSU Board of Trustees

YSU SealGov. John R. Kasich has appointed Dr. Charles R. Bush, a retired cardiac thoracic surgeon and alumnus of Youngstown State University, to the YSU Board of Trustees.

Dr. Bush, who lives in Powell, Ohio, outside Columbus, will serve a nine-year term through May 1, 2024. He replaces Dr. Sudershan K. Garg, who left the board earlier this year after 10 years of service.

“I am honored to be named to this important post at my alma mater and am looking forward to a very enlightening and rewarding experience,” Dr. Bush said.

A native of Youngstown’s South Side, Dr. Bush graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1966 and earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from YSU in 1971.

He then attended medical school at The Ohio State University, earning a medical degree in 1974. He practiced in Columbus for 28 years, performing more than 10,000 open heart operations and starting four open heart programs in Ohio, retiring in 2008.

Dr. Bush is board certified by the American College of Surgeons and the American Board of Thoracic Surgeons, and is a member of the American Board of Surgeons and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. He has been recognized multiple times as a Top Doctor by Columbus Monthly and also has been honored as Top Cardio-Thoracic Surgeon by the Columbus Dispatch.

Dr. Bush, who is married and has three grown children, now splits his time between residences in Powell, Ohio, and Florida.

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