Rochester Surgeon Receives Prestigious Honorary Degree

June 16, 1997

Seymour I. Schwartz, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and president-elect of the American College of Surgeons, was presented with a Doctor of Medicine honoris causa from the University of Madrid in Spain.

The honorary degree, which was presented in a special ceremony in May, acknowledges Dr. SchwartzÕs lifetime contributions to the field of surgery.

Dr. Schwartz is known as an innovative surgeon, teacher, and author who has made impressive contributions to two main areas of investigation: the problems of homeostasis, thrombosis, coagulation and platelet physiology in surgical bleeding, and liver and biliary physiology and surgery, portocaval shunts, cholangitis and portal hypertension.

Dr. Schwartz has published 200 journal articles, over 40 textbook chapters, and 9 textbooks of surgery, including the acknowledged classic, Principles of Surgery, the standard textbook of surgery, now in its 6th edition.

After receiving his medical degree from New York University, Dr. Schwartz began his surgical career as an intern at Strong Memorial Hospital. He was appointed professor of surgery in 1967 and was named chair of the department in 1987. In 1995, he was named a Distinguished Alumni Professor.

An antiquarian and student of cartography, Dr. Schwartz is the co-author of The Mapping of America and the author of The French and Indian War, 1754-1763: The Imperial Struggle for North America.

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