Michael F. Rotondo, M.D., F.A.C.S., CEO of the University of Rochester’s Medical Faculty Group, was voted president of one of the country’s leading surgical associations, The Halsted Society, at its recent annual meeting. First elected into its general membership in 2004, Rotondo will serve a one-year term, joining the ranks of some of America’s prominent surgeons who have previously held this post.
Founded in 1924 to provide education and network opportunities to the then burgeoning surgical field, each year The Halsted Society’s nearly 400 members meet to review and discuss the latest surgical research, and to informally guide the continued development of the academic medical surgical field. The Society takes its name from William Stewart Halsted, who helped establish a new philosophy and scientific approach for surgery at the turn of the twentieth century. Time is set aside during each annual meeting to honor the Society’s namesake, as well as other important surgeons who shaped the practice of surgery.
A trauma surgeon by practice, Rotondo is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, and completed his general surgical training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital before finishing a Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. He accepted his first academic post at Penn, rising to direct its Level One Trauma Center and serve as Vice Chief of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care. In 1999, he was recruited by The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where he held various leadership posts while maintaining his surgical practice.
In 2013, Rotondo was recruited back to his hometown, Rochester, where as CEO he is leading UR’s medical faculty group through an intensive restructuring that aims to make the practice more integrated, efficient, and patient-centric. At the same time, he holds two appointments at UR’s School of Medicine—Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs and Professor of Surgery—and serves as Associate Vice President for Administration at Strong Memorial, UR’s 830-bed flagship teaching hospital.
Counted among The Best Doctors in America, Rotondo has held a number of visiting professorships across the United States and continues to lecture around the globe. He currently serves as Trauma Medical Director for the American College of Surgeons. He also is chair of the Communications and Publications Committee for the American Association of the Surgery of Trauma, a member of the Editorial Review Board for Journal of Trauma, reviewer for other leading surgical journals, and the author of more than 250 publications.