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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Surgery ~ 2014 Annual Report

Mitchell Norotsky, M.D., Chair

The faculty of the Department of Surgery at the University of Vermont College of Medicine continues to excel as clinicians, educators and researchers. We recruit superb faculty with outstanding training and innovative skills. In 2014, our department welcomed Matthew Alef, M.D., (Vascular Surgery), Claude Deschamps, M.D., (Thoracic Surgery), David Diaz, M.D., (Ophthalmology), Carlos Marroquin, M.D., (Transplant Surgery), Rich Grunert, M.D., (Urology), and Andrew Mahoney, M.D., (Urology). Our faculty continues to deliver high quality care to patients at The University of Vermont Medical Center, in close alignment with the University of Vermont College of Medicine. All of the surgical providers are enthusiastic about extending our surgical expertise throughout Vermont and upstate New York as part of the recently created University of Vermont Health Network. It is truly an exciting time for our region’s academic medical center.

The department’s educational and research missions continue to thrive as evidenced by the robust number of medical students in the surgery Senior Major Program every year. Each senior surgery major student completes a research project under the mentorship of one of the surgery faculty. An annual surgery research forum is held in May where the results of these research efforts are presented. Our Senior Majors also complete a month long surgery “boot camp” which sharpens their clinical skills in preparation for the onset of their residency training. The student award winners for 2014 are: Elizabeth Blasberg, Pilcher Award; Dane Slentz, Howe Senior Student Award; Kevin Kuruville, H. Gordon Page Award; and Jeanna Pariseau, The James E. Demeules Surgical Research Award.

The surgical faculty and residents continue to garner awards from medical students completing their clinical clerkships. Students and residents are expanding their clinical skills in the simulation center. The Department of Surgery maintains a series of named lectureships including The John H. Davis, M.D. Endowed Lectureship in Surgery, The Madison Jaurigue Endowed Lectureship in Neurosurgery, The Samuel B. and Michelle D. Labow Endowed Lectureship in Surgery, The Albert Mackay, M.D. ’32 and H. Gordon Page, M.D. ’45 Annual Lecture in Surgery, The Steven R. Shackford, M.D.-Samuel B. Labow Endowed Lectureship in Quality, The Norman J. Snow, M.D., ’70 Annual Lecture in Thoracic Surgery, The Martin H. Wennar, M.D. Lectureship in Professionalism, The Stanley S. Fieber Lecture, and the Arnold H. Colodny, M.D., Lectureship in Pediatric Surgery.

At this year’s College of Medicine Reunion Weekend, Martin Koplewitz M.D.’52 received The Service to Medicine and Community Award, and Neil Hyman M.D.’84 received The Distinguished Academic Achievement Award. Both of these physicians are exemplary role models for students and residents.

The Department of Surgery continues to excel in various areas including clinical outcomes, education, research, and philanthropy. Our success as a department is a direct result of the faculty that comprises the department. We are indebted to each member of our faculty for their expertise and unwavering support to our missions. Although the environment for the delivery of healthcare is changing rapidly, the Department of Surgery at Vermont’s academic medical center will adapt and stay true to its core values.

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