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Frank W. LoGerfo ’66M (MD)

Frank W. LoGerfoDr. Frank LoGerfo is the retired chief of Vascular Surgery and chair of the Department of Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he serves as the William V. McDermott Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is nationally recognized for his research on vascular bypass grafts and the development of novel techniques to treat patients with diabetes. A steadfast advocate and volunteer for the University of Rochester, he has also provided strategic direction through his counsel on key School of Medicine and Dentistry councils and committees.

Dr. LoGerfo earned his bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1962 and his medical degree from the School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1966. After completing his postdoctoral surgical training at Boston’s University Hospital and his military service obligation, he joined the surgical faculty at Boston University Medical Center. In 1987, he was recruited to the New England Deaconess Hospital as the chief of vascular surgery and associate chairman for research. He was named the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School in 1997 and rose to his current position as distinguished professor in 2005. For more than 25 years, Dr. LoGerfo has received support from the National Institutes of Health. His vascular surgery research training grant is the first funded program of its kind in the country. The two-year program offers intense basic research training in vascular surgery to academic clinicians.

A devoted advisor and volunteer, Dr. LoGerfo remains closely connected to Rochester. He has participated in the Career Center’s “Food for Thought” program, and is a member of the Class of 1966 45th Reunion Committee. A former member of the School of Medicine and Dentistry Alumni Council, he continues to help shape the University’s future through his service on the University’s Boston Regional Cabinet. A generous supporter of the School of Medicine and Dentistry, he is a member of the George Eastman Circle, the University’s leadership annual giving society. Known for his mentoring of young surgeons, Dr. LoGerfo is also deeply committed to supporting the financial needs of the School’s promising medical students. He and his wife established the Frank W. and Judith M. LoGerfo Scholarship Fund in 2004, helping generations of students gain a Rochester medical education.

Dr. LoGerfo has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed publications and 55 book chapters. The recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Harold Bengloff Award for Humanism in Teaching in 2000 from the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess, he received an honorary degree from Harvard University in 1992. In 2010, the American College of Surgeons dedicated its annual scientific session to Dr. LoGerfo in honor of his innovative leadership and distinguished surgical career. 

Dr. LoGerfo and his wife, Judith, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts. They have four grown children, Gregory, Michael, Philip, and Stephen.