Distinguished Georgetown University Surgeon Appointed Chair at URMC

June 10, 1999

James V. Sitzmann, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Surgery and Alumni Distinguished Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), and surgeon-in-chief of Strong Memorial Hospital.

Sitzmann was previously chair of the Department of Surgery, and associate dean for Clinical Research and professor of Surgery, Physiology and Biophysics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C., since 1995. He was previously professor of Surgery and Oncology at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and director of the Division of Surgical Oncology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. A nationally respected surgeon and researcher, he comes to the University of Rochester with significant NIH funding. A major current research interest concerns the factors that control cell growth in cancer and vascular tissues.

"Dr. Sitzmann is an outstanding surgeon and a premier researcher who brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Medical Center," said Jay H. Stein, M.D., senior vice president and vice provost for Health Affairs at URMC. "We are very pleased to welcome him here."

An international authority on surgical oncology, Sitzmann has published more than 100 scientific papers and is on the editorial board of three major surgical journals. A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Sitzmann served his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, with additional training at the American Hospital of Paris in Nieully, France, and St. Laurence's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland.

Sitzmann succeeds Seymour Schwartz, M.D., who retired from the position as chair of Surgery last June. Sitzmann's appointment became effective June 1, 1999.

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