Dr. Denise Sur has been elected chief of staff at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital, becoming the first woman to serve the position in the hospital’s 85-year history.

“This is a great honor. I am both flattered and excited to be the first female physician to serve in this role,” said Sur, who lives in Rolling Hills Estates with her husband, Mark, and their four children – Mark, Ashley, Elizabeth and Patrick.

“I am really looking forward to working with my physician colleagues and hospital leaders as we prepare to open our incredible new hospital this fall.”

Sur has been actively involved in physician leadership at the hospital for many years, serving as vice chief of staff since 2006. She is vice chair for education in the UCLA Department of Family Medicine and the program director for its Family Medicine Residency, as well as a professor of family medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Among her professional affiliations are the American and California Academies of Family Physicians, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

Joining Sur as officers on the hospital’s 2011 Executive Medical Board are Drs. Philip Levin and Roger Lee, who were elected vice chief of staff and secretary-treasurer, respectively. Levin is medical director of surgical services at SM-UCLA as well as a clinical professor of anesthesia, while Lee is director of the Hospitalist program and chair of the hospital’s medicine department.

Other physicians on the 13-member executive board, which oversees medical affairs at the hospital, are Drs. Marianne Anderson, David Baron, Charles Chandler, David Chen, Jeffrey Eckardt, Denise Freese, William Growdon, James Luck, Iain Smith and Edward Zaragoza.