Renowned Vascular Surgeon Frank J. Veith Named First Jacobson Awardee by Vascular Disease Foundation

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Renowned vascular surgeon Frank J. Veith, MD, The William J. von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY), and Professor of Surgery, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY) is the recipient of the first Julius H. Jacobson II, M.D. Award for Physician Excellence, given by the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Renowned vascular surgeon Frank J. Veith, MD, The William J. von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY), and Professor of Surgery, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY) is the recipient of the first Julius H. Jacobson II, M.D. Award for Physician Excellence, given by the Vascular Disease Foundation.

The award is named for Julius H. Jacobson, II, M.D., considered the preeminent pioneer in microsurgery. In early 2004, Dr. Jacobson seeded the award via a gift to the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Dr. Peter Gloviczki, president of the Vascular Disease Foundation, presented the award to Dr. Veith at the 31st VEITHsymposium™ at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers (New York). Dr. Jacobson attended the presentation.

“Frank Veith’s uniquely important contribution has been bringing about a globalization of vascular surgical knowledge to the profession,” said Dr. Jacobson.

Candidates for the non-monetary award were screened by a committee of peers independent of

Dr. Jacobson, who was informed of the awardee after the fact.

Criteria for nomination were:

-Must be a licensed physician in good standing who has made significant contributions that have advanced the science of clinical practice for the prevention and treatment of vascular disease or who has made exceptional contributions to vascular education programs, to either health professionals or patients.

-Must be a person of recognized personal and professional integrity.

-Must not be a member of the Board of Directors of the Vascular Disease Foundation.

Dr. Veith, “I am gratified that the Vascular Disease Foundation has bestowed its Award for Physician Excellence on me. The Foundation is doing important work by increasing awareness of the profession and sharing medical knowledge globally. This will lead to improvements in physician’s practice and patient care.”

About Julius Jacobson: Julius H. Jacobson II M.D. is considered the preeminent pioneer in microsurgery. After earning a master’s degree in cell physiology at the University of Pennsylvania, he graduated from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and served his residency in general and thoracic surgery at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital. He then became director of surgical research at the University of Vermont where his earlier experience with microscopes led him to become the first surgeon to bring a microscope into the operating room for the entire range of surgery beyond the eye and ear. Dr. Jacobson’s work led to such advances as coronary artery surgery and limb re-implantation. It is estimated that today, one-half of all neurosurgical operations utilize microsurgical techniques. Dr. Jacobson also developed the first microscope that allowed the surgeon and first assistant to view the operative field simultaneously.

This “dipliscope” is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Jacobson and his wife, Joan, live in New York City.    

About the Vascular Disease Foundation

The Vascular Disease Foundation is a nonprofit, public educational organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the prevention, diagnosis and management of vascular diseases. Its outstanding board of directors includes physicians, nurses, vascular sonographers, rehabilitation professionals, and clinical researchers who have been on the forefront of fighting vascular diseases for many years, as well as members of the public.

About Frank J. Veith, MD

Dr. Veith is Professor and Vice-Chairman of Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Veith occupies The William J. von Liebig Chair in Vascular Surgery at Montefiore. Dr. Veith is a well-respected clinician, educator, researcher and pioneer in the field of vascular disease. He is one of the best-known vascular surgeons in the world today. He is an expert in many areas of vascular disease, including critical limb ischemia, aortic and carotid artery reconstructions and endovascular interventions. He is among the most prolific authors and co-authors in the field of vascular surgery with more than 1,000 original articles and chapters written in prestigious medical journals and books. He is past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Eastern Vascular Society, and serves on the editorial board of several major vascular journals including the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Vascular and founding secretary of the International Society for Vascular Surgery. Dr. Veith hosts the annual international VEITHsymposium™, which is currently in its 31st year, which is the most significant contribution to physician education on vascular disease, now entering its fourth decade, and is recognized as the foremost educational program for vascular specialists in the world. Dr. Veith is highly respected for his personal and professional integrity, and he is considered as a role model for generations of vascular surgeons and endovascular specialists.

About VEITHsymposium™

Now entering its fourth decade, VEITHsymposium™ has been the epicenter of physician education for the global vascular community. This international congress attracts over 2,500 thought leaders in the field. More than 250 international clinician/educators present the latest topics, advances and data and then validate these concepts through the dynamic interactive faculty/audience exchange that ends each session.

VEITHsymposium™ is sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY) with CME credit issued by Albert Einstein College of Medicine (Bronx, NY).

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