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Visiting Professor of Surgery 2015 - Keith D. Lillemoe, MD

Keith D. Lillemoe, MD was the fourth nationally recognized Visiting Professor of Surgery during Surgical Academic Week, March 9-13, 2015. He followed three previous Visiting Professors:  Dr. John L. Cameron (Johns Hopkins) 2012, Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. (University of Louisville) 2013, and Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag (UC Davis School of Medicine) 2014.     

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Dr. Lillemoe is a world renowned general surgeon who specializes in gastrointestinal and pancreaticobiliary tract surgery.   He is Surgeon-in-Chief and Chief of the Department of Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  His scholarly and research interests have produced over 350 journal publications and 115 book chapters.

After his undergraduate education at the University of South Dakota, Dr. Lillemoe attended The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1978) followed by an internship and surgical residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital (1985).  He continued in the department of surgery and rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery in 1996.  In 2003 he was appointed the Jay L. Grosfeld Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine. 

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On March 12 Dr. Lillemoe delivered a public lecture to 85 guests at Sansum Clinic on his observations about how the new healthcare legislation/regulations have affected the practice of medicine and surgery on the East Coast and his prognostic projections for the West Coast. 

The Visiting Professor of Surgery program provides expert educational seminars for practicing Santa Barbara surgeons and physicians.  More importantly, it allows surgical residents in training at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital the chance to interact daily with the icons, leaders and outstanding teachers of the art of surgery. 

This unique educational program advances the level of surgical care available in our community, and is made possible by generous support from our Title Sponsor, Cottage Health System, and grateful patients, medical groups, individual community surgeons and physicians, and corporate donors. 

If you would like to support the Visiting Professor of Surgery program please contact Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy at Sansum Clinic at (805) 681-7726 or dhartley@sansumclinic.org. Your support is a commitment to sustaining Santa Barbara’s high level of surgical expertise and the community’s good health. 


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