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Professional and Community Service Earns Evarts Multiple Awards

Thursday, May 04, 2006

C. McCollister Evarts, M.D.

A distinguished career that includes pioneering work as an orthopaedic surgeon, mentor, educator and strategic leader has recently earned Medical Center CEO C. McCollister Evarts, M.D., several awards.

On May 3, the Monroe County Medical Society recognized Evarts with the Edward Mott Moore Award, the highest award bestowed by the Society named for the noted Surgeon-in-Chief at St. Mary’s Hospital. Each year, the local physician society honors a physician and a layperson whose lives reflect the qualities exemplified by Dr. Edward Mott Moore as a physician, teacher, investigator, leader and contributor to the community.

Also in May, the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and its Department of Surgery will honor Evarts by creating the C. McCollister Evarts, M.D. Professor in Artificial Organs. The Professorship was made possible through the generosity of Marlin Miller, Jr., a Reading, Pennsylvania executive who worked with Evarts during his tenure at Hershey Medical Center.

And last month in April, Evarts was recognized in the Physician Category of the Rochester Business Journal’s annual Healthcare Achievement Awards for making a significant impact on the quality of health care in the Greater Rochester area.  In addition to his years of clinical work at the University of Rochester Medical Center as chair of Department of Orthopaedics, Evarts’ leadership role in strengthening relations with Excellus Blue Cross Blue Shield and increasing National Institutes of Health funding for the Medical Center were cited as ways he has helped improve the region’s health care.

“These are great honors and many qualify,” Evarts said.  “Throughout my career I’ve tried to serve my patients, students, colleagues and the community as best possible.”

Evarts 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 10-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 PennsylvaniaState 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 became a University Professor at Penn State in 2000.  In 2003, he returned again to Rochester to serve as a senior advisor to the Medical Center CEO. He was appointed to his current position in June of 2003.  A search is currently underway for his replacement.

But don’t count on him taking it easy.  As a Distinguished University Professor, Evarts plans to continue working at the Medical Center indefinitely, helping to provide services to uninsured and underinsured orthopaedic patients, to help with the education of medical students and residents, to aid in tech transfer initiatives and to participate in development activities.

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