Department of Surgery 110th Anniversary - September 23rd, 2016


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The Department of Surgery has a series of events to commemorate this historic milestone.

This year, the Department of Surgery celebrates 110 years of pioneering lifesaving surgical options for patients with complex medical conditions. The department’s dedication to advancing patient care began in 1906 and our legacy of excellence in medical practice, innovation and training continues today. Visit our history page to view the complete interactive history.

CME Course

21st Century Medicine and Surgery: Can Innovation be Translated to Patients

This unique CME activity, held in conjunction with the 110th Department of Surgery Anniversary, foresees the need for healthcare professionals to think differently about our work in the rapidly evolving healthcare world of the 21st century.  Biomedical innovations and basic discoveries are being reported at an unprecedented and often overwhelming rate. Our dilemma is the inability to translate this knowledge in a meaningful way to improve healthcare, both of individuals and of populations. Speakers and panels of experts will address these thorny issues vital to the future of the life sciences.

List of Speakers and Events

9th Annual Rothenberger Lecture

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“Leadership in Life-Critical Situations: Lessons from the Space Shuttle”

Presentation by Pamela Melroy (Colonel, US Air Force, Retired)

Retired astronaut Col. Pamela Melroy will discuss NASA’s approach to developing teams and culture essential for high-reliability organizations to achieve 21st century goals.  Pam is a military test pilot and a former NASA Astronaut. She flew on three space shuttle missions: STS-92, STS-112 and STS-120.

Visit to learn more about Astronaut Melroy.

More information on the Rothenberger Lecture series

Gala Celebration

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As you reunite with old friends, you will be among the first to view the premiere of a video documentary created just for this celebration.   Interviews with past and present faculty –  along with archived video footage of Owen H. Wangensteen, MD, PhD and other surgical pioneers at work –  showcase our proud history. 

Join us in toasting those pioneers who pushed the boundaries to develop medical breakthroughs along with our current and future innovators who will usher in our next medical firsts.

Thank you to 3M for their generous sponsorship of the 110th Anniversary Dinner.

3M Sponors the 110th Anniversary Dinner