MARK OF DISTINCTION: From left, David F. Torchiana, MD, chairman and CEO of the MGPO, Austen and Lillemoe
Colleagues, friends and family gathered Nov. 5 in the Sweet Room to celebrate the designation of W.G. (Jay) Austen Jr., MD, chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, as the first MGH Trustees Chair in Plastic Surgery.
“Jay is so deserving of this honor,” says Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, chief of the Department of Surgery. “He has been a great teacher and mentor to many residents and is an innovative researcher, clinician and surgeon.”
An endowed chair is a mark of distinction recognizing the hospital’s most accomplished physicians. The honor is given to those who have exceptional records in research or hospital-based education, and it provides the hospital with the opportunity to recognize and provide support to outstanding physicians. Funding for the inaugural chair was provided by several gifts and through endowment funds.
Austen has pioneered of a number of leading-edge techniques at the MGH, including nerve decompression to treat patients with migraines, novel methods in breast reconstruction and innovation in fat grafting. He also has numerous inventions in development that hold promise for patients in need of reconstruction or rejuvenation.
“I am very grateful to receive this honor,” Austen says. “I am particularly proud that this chair specifically recognizes plastic surgery at the MGH – which I believe is the greatest division anywhere. It truly acknowledges and supports the significant need for teaching and research in plastic surgery to which our entire division is completely devoted.”
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