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Visiting Professor of Surgery 2018 Professor O. James Garden

First International Visiting Professor of Surgery Coming to Santa Barbara

Visiting Professor James GardenProfessor O. James Garden was the Visiting Professor of Surgery for Surgical Academic Week 2018 (March 5-9). Professor Garden is the seventh recognized Visiting Professor of Surgery and the first international Visiting Professor.

Professor Garden follows six previous Visiting Professors: Dr. John L. Cameron (Johns Hopkins) 2012, Dr. Hiram C. Polk, Jr. (University of Louisville) 2013, Dr. Julie Ann Freischlag (UC Davis School of Medicine) 2014, Dr. Keith D. Lillemoe (Massachusetts General Hospital) 2015, Dr. Michael G. Sarr (Mayo Clinic) 2016, Dr. Barbara Lee Bass (Houston Methodist Hospital).  

Professor Garden is the Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery and Honorary Consultant Surgeon, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgical Services, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, University of Edinburgh. He was appointed Surgeon to the Queen in Scotland in 2004 and was made Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list in 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and undertook his postgraduate training as a hepatobiliary, pancreatic and liver transplant surgeon in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paris. He has written extensively with nearly 270 research and clinical articles to his name and he has authored or edited 13 surgical textbooks. He has a strong interest in surgical training and education. 

Professor Garden presented a public lecture on Thursday, March 8 at the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic in the Lovelace Hall at 540 West Pueblo Street. The topic was Edinburgh’s Illuminati: Charles Darwin, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Lord Lister and Grave Robbers (Knox, Burke and Hare) and how they significantly contributed to advancements in Medicine and Surgery.

Sansum Clinic’s 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 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 the Title Sponsor, Cottage Health, and grateful patients, medical groups, individual community surgeons and physicians, and corporate donors. 

“We have been fortunate to have had outstanding surgeons, all leaders in their field. The program benefits the surgical residents, surgical staff and patients. The value to our community, to Cottage Health, and to Sansum Clinic is priceless.” James T. Dunn, MD, FACS

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