URMC CEO Receives Prestigious Kaiser Award

May 12, 2005

C. McCollister “Mac” Evarts, M.D. was awarded the Albert David Kaiser Medal by the Rochester Academy of Medicine at its annual meeting this week.  Evarts is CEO of the University of Rochester Medical Center and Strong Health, and senior vice president and vice provost for Health Affairs for the University of Rochester.

The Kaiser medal is the Academy’s highest honor and was presented to Evarts in recognition of his “long and distinguished career and pioneering work as a surgeon, mentor, educator and strategic leader.” 

“It has been a privilege to return to Rochester and once again serve a community that I have long considered my home,” said Evarts. “The past recipients of this award include individuals who not only shaped the health care system in this community, but also built the Rochester medical institutions that are now recognized as national leaders in so many fields.  It is an honor to join such esteemed company.”

Evarts’ professional and personal ties to Rochester are deep.  He began his medical career as a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and served his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at Strong Memorial Hospital.  While in medical school, Evarts met his wife Nancy, who was a student at the University of Rochester School of Nursing.

During a ten-year stint at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation where he headed the Orthopaedic residency program and ultimately served as chair of the Orthopaedics department, Evarts helped introduce the field of total joint replacement to the U.S.  Evarts returned to Rochester in 1974 as chair of Orthopaedics is credited for transforming that department into a national magnet for both research and clinical care. 

In 1987, Evarts left Rochester to become CEO, senior vice president for Health Affairs, and dean of the College of Medicine at Pennsylvania State University and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.   At Hershey, Evart’s guided the organization through a massive expansion in clinical, educational and research activity.  Evarts retired from the Penn State in 2000 and returned again to Rochester in 2002 to serve as a senior advisor to the Medical Center CEO.  He was appointed to his current position in June of 2003.

Other University of Rochester Medical Center faculty members recognized by the Academy were: Marilyn R. Brown, M.D., clinical professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics; Earl S. Lipman, M.D., clinical professor emeritus of Medicine; and Henry A. Theide, M.D., professor emeritus and former chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  All received the Academy’s Award of Merit.

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