DISTINGUISHED LEADERS: From left, HMS Dean Jeffrey Flier, MD; Slavin; Mathisen; Wright; and Keith Lillemoe, MD, MGH chief of Surgery
Cameron Wright, MD, associate chief of the MGH Division of Thoracic Surgery, was honored as the first incumbent of the Mathisen Family Professorship in Surgery in the Field of Thoracic Surgery during a May 9 ceremony at Harvard Medical School (HMS). The professorship is named in honor of Douglas Mathisen, MD, chief of the MGH Division of Thoracic Surgery and program director of Cardiothoracic Surgery, who has worked at the MGH for more three decades.
“The Mathisen Family Professorship is a wonderful tribute to Dr. Wright,” said MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, who welcomed guests. “It will provide a close link between him and Dr. Mathisen – both outstanding thoracic surgeons.”
Mathisen has been chief of Thoracic Surgery since 1994. He previously served as chief of Cardiac Surgery from 2007 to 2011, and as the Cardiothoracic Surgery program director since 1995. Mathisen’s leadership extends well beyond the MGH including as past director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, past president of the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, past president of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and current councilor of the European Association of Cardio-thoracic Surgery. Most recently, Mathisen was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
“As you near the end of your MGH career, you have a distinct impression of how fortunate you have been to work at the MGH and work with so many outstanding colleagues and residents,”
Wright completed his internship and residency at the MGH. His clinical and research interests include pulmonary hypertension, airway surgery, thymic tumor surgery and minimally invasive lung cancer surgery. He has contributed to the MGH as a clinician, teacher and as director of Quality and Safety for the Department of Surgery. Wright also serves as a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has previously been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
“Doug Mathisen is a fitting surgeon to be honored with a named HMS professorship given his decades of dedication to his patients, our residents, the institution and his specialty,” said Wright.
The professorship was established through the support of Charles and Sara Fabrikant and two anonymous donors. Friends, family members and colleagues of Mathisen also contributed. Following Mathisen’s retirement, the professorship will be renamed the Douglas Mathisen Professorship in Surgery in the Field of Thoracic Surgery.
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