Friday, December 9, 2011

Honoring an MGH legacy


SPECIAL RECOGNITION: From left, Ashok Saluja, PhD, secretary and treasurer of the APA; Vay Liang Go, one of the award's namesakes; Warshaw and his wife, Brenda


Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, who stepped down as chief of Surgery earlier this year, continues to be acknowledged for his contributions to the field, particularly pancreatic surgery.

On Nov. 3, during the American Pancreatic Association (APA) annual meeting in Chicago, Warshaw received the 2011 Vay Liang and Frisca Go Award for Lifetime Achievement in Pancreatology. The award honors Warshaw’s contributions to the diagnosis, treatment and understanding of the pathogenesis of inflammatory and malignant lesions of the pancreas.

“This recognition is particularly special, because it equally recognizes the accomplishments of my MGH colleagues and the research fellows without whom this award could not have happened,” says Warshaw, who currently serves as senior consultant for International and Regional Clinical Relations at the MGH.

A few days before the award presentation, on Oct. 29, researchers and clinicians who trained with Warshaw traveled to the MGH from across the globe to present their current research during a daylong tribute in his honor. The lectures given during the event – known as a festschrift – will be published as a special issue of SURGERY in 2012.

“Dr. Warshaw has made an indelible mark on the careers of more than 30 research fellows who spent time in his laboratory, and had an impact on many of the surgical residents he helped train,” says Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo, MD, director of the Pancreas and Biliary Surgery Program at the MGH, who organized the festschrift. “We were thrilled so many returned to share their current research projects and were able to celebrate Dr. Warshaw’s numerous contributions in the study of pancreatic diseases.”

Read more articles from the 12/09/11 Hotline issue.

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