Rochester Surgeon President-Elect of Prestigious Surgical Society

October 28, 1996

Seymour I. Schwartz, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, was named president-elect of the over 60,000-member American College of Surgeons, the largest surgical society in the world and widely regarded as the most prestigious. Dr. Schwartz will be installed as president of the ACS at its October 1997 clinical congress.

Dr. Schwartz has had a long association with the College since he became a Fellow of the ACS in 1959, serving on a variety of state and national committees over the years. He became a Governor of the ACS in 1982 and a Regent in 1988. He had served as vice-chairman and then as chairman of its Board of Regents. In 1986, Dr. Schwartz received the ACS Distinguished Service Award.

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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