Frank W. LoGerfo '66M (MD)
Dr. Frank W. LoGerfo is the William V. McDermott Distinguished Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and retired Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston, MA. He is nationally recognized for his research on vascular bypass grafts and the development of novel techniques to treat patients with diabetes. He also directs two research training programs, one for medical students and one for surgical residents with the goal of inspiring the careers of clinician-scientists.
Dr. LoGerfo received his bachelor’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and earned his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1966. He completed his postdoctoral surgical training at Boston’s University Hospital in 1971, including a year as registrar in surgery at the Cardiff Royal Infirmary, Cardiff, Wales. After two years of military service, he returned to Boston University where he established its first Vascular Surgery Training Program and became Professor of Surgery. He moved to the Deaconess Hospital in 1987 as Chief of Vascular Surgery and the William V. McDermott Professor at Harvard Medical School. After the merger with the Beth Israel Hospital, he continued in that role as well as serving for two years as acting Chair and Chair of the Department of Surgery. He retired from clinical practice and stepped down as chief of Vascular Surgery at BIDMC in 2005.
During his career, Dr. LoGerfo has received numerous prestigious awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society for Vascular Surgery—the Society’s highest award—in 2013, the Harold Bengloff Award for Humanism in Teaching in 2000 from the Department of Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess, and 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 has authored more than 240 peer-reviewed publications and 55 book chapters.
He and his wife, Judy, are deeply committed to supporting the financial needs of the School’s promising medical students. They established the Frank W. and Judith M. LoGerfo Scholarship Fund in 2004, helping many students gain a medical education. Dr. LoGerfo endowed a summer research traineeship at the School of Medicine and Dentistry because summer research experiences at Rochester were so important to his career formation as a clinician-scientist. 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. Dr. LoGerfo currently serves as Chair of the National Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
He and Judy live in Cambridge, MA, and spend time during summers at their lake house, near Wurtsboro, NY. They have four sons and two grandsons.