Schwartz elected to prestigious American Philosophical Society

May 10, 2001

Seymour I. Schwartz, M.D., Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, has been elected a member of the esteemed American Philosophical Society.

The organization is the oldest academic society in the country. Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, it boasts of members such as George Washington, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, as well as George Hoyt Whipple, founding dean of the University of Rochester School of Medicine, and University of Rochester alumnus Arthur Kornberg, recipient of the 1959 Nobel Prize in Medicine.

During its more than 250 years in existence, the American Philosophical Society has recognized achievements in science, letters and the arts. Today it supports research through a program of grants, publishes scholarly books and journals, and maintains a library singularly rich in the history of science and technology.

"Membership in the American Philosophical Society is particularly meaningful to me, in view of my passion for American history," Schwartz said. "I am honored to be a part of such a prestigious organization."

Schwartz served as chair of the Department of Surgery from 1987-98 and has been president of the nation's three most distinguished surgical organizations, the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association and the Society for Clinical Surgery. He is known as an innovative surgeon, teacher and author who has made impressive contributions in the areas of homeostasis, thrombosis, coagulation and platelet physiology in surgical bleeding, and liver and biliary physiology and surgery, portocaval shunts, cholangitis and portal hypertension.

Schwartz has published approximately 300 journal articles, more than 40 textbook chapters, and nine textbooks, including "Principles of Surgery," the standard textbook of surgery now in its seventh edition. He is currently editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

An antiquarian and student of cartography, Schwartz is the author of "The Mapping of America" and "The French and Indian War, 1754-1763: The Imperial Struggle for North America." In 2000, he published "This Land is Your Land: The Geographic Evolution of the United States" and "An Englishman's Journey Along America's Eastern Waterways," which was featured on C-SPAN's Book TV. He is a board member of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress, and a member of the American Antiquarian Society and the Grolier Club.

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