SUS Announces the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
Michael T. Longaker, MD, MBA, DSc (hon) FACS
The Society of University Surgeons (SUS) has awarded Michael T. Longaker, MD, MBA, DSc (hon) FACS, Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor, and Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, Stanford University, the 2019 SUS Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Longaker will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by SUS President Dr. Gregory Kennedy, with an introduction by SUS Foundation President Dr. George Yang, on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at the 15th Annual Academic Surgical Congress (ASC) in Orlando, Florida.
The Society of University Surgeons initiated the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. This award was designed to recognize individuals who have had a sustained career in academic surgery with contributions to surgical science. In addition, these individuals have demonstrated a commitment to the Society of University Surgeons, whereby they have participated in the Society even after superannuating to Senior Membership status. Their participation in the Society is evidenced by the attendance of the meetings yearly and active participation in discussion of papers, attendance of the banquets, society functions, and mentoring the next generation of leaders in the society.
The Society of University Surgeons seeks to honor and recognize these individuals because of their embodiment of the principles of the Society. We seek to recognize these individuals to establish role models for younger generations of surgeons to honor and emulate their contributions to the science of surgery, and moreover to the Society of University Surgeons.
Dr. Longaker was nominated and selected by his peers based on his leadership and contributions to academic surgery, as well as his strong support of the SUS. He was described as being one of the most distinguished surgeon scientists of our generation with contributions that have cut across multiple disciplines in medicine, biology and engineering. Dr. Longaker’s outstanding academic, clinical, research and leadership track record was cited, which included his leadership in multiple societies, particularly with the SUS where he served as Treasurer and President of the Society and remains an active participant in the Academic Surgical Congress. With this Award, the SUS recognizes the quality and breadth of science he has produced, specifically in the field of regenerative medicine, defining the field of fibroblast heterogeneity, and identifying the skeletal stem cell. We wish to recognize Dr. Longaker’s immense contributions to the field of academic surgery.
For more information on the SUS Lifetime Achievement Award including past winners, visit: https://www.susweb.org/lifetime-achievement-award/
For more information on the Academic Surgical Congress, visit: https://academicsurgicalcongress.org/