The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) recognized the achievements of Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, President-Elect of the American College of Surgeons, and Jatin P. Shah, MD, FACS, at the 500-year-old Edinburgh College, U.K., on April 25.
Dr. Warshaw was awarded Honorary Fellowship from Britain’s oldest and largest Royal Surgical College, RCSEd, in recognition of his work in pancreatic surgery and for his surgical leadership throughout his career. Dr. Shah received the Honorary Fellowship from the RCSEd’s Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) in recognition of his contributions to medicine, particularly in the field of oral oncology.
Recognition of Dr. Warshaw’s achievements
Dr. Warshaw is the W. Gerald Austen Distinguished Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; emeritus surgeon-in-chief and senior consultant for international and regional clinical relations at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Partners Healthcare; and medical director of the International Patient Center at MGH, Boston.
Commenting on Dr. Warshaw’s receipt of Honorary Fellowship in the organization, RCSEd council member and honorary consultant pancreatic surgeon O. James Garden, BSc, MB, ChB, MD, FRCSEd, said, “I have known Dr. Warshaw professionally for many years within our specialty. He is highly regarded as one of the major international names in pancreatic surgery.” Mr. Garden noted that Dr. Warshaw has authored or co-authored more than 400 publications relating specifically to the management of chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, and pancreatic cysts. He has also served on many editorial boards and is the editor of Surgery. “Dr. Warshaw is not only a leader in American surgery, but is recognized worldwide for his innovative contributions in the field of pancreatic surgery,” Mr. Garden added.
The President of the RCSEd, Ian Ritchie, MB, ChB, FRCSEd, said, “RCSEd has a long history of innovation, and Dr. Warshaw’s work exemplifies this quality. I take great pleasure in presenting this Fellowship to mark his outstanding contribution in advancing the field of surgery.”
“I am profoundly grateful that The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has offered me an Honorary Fellowship,” Dr. Warshaw said. “The RCSEd has been a leader in surgical training, innovation, and practice for a stunning five centuries. Among its Fellows and Members are many close friends and colleagues from Britain and elsewhere in the world. I am proud to be associated with those surgeons and their achievements.”
Dr. Shah’s achievements
In addition, the RCSEd recognized Dr. Shah’s achievements as a leading head and neck cancer surgeon. Dr. Shah is chief, head and neck service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and professor of surgery, Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, NY. He also is chair of the Council of the International Academy of Oral Oncology. He has authored or co-authored more than 400 peer-reviewed publications and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, England, and Australia.
“Professor Shah is one of the most distinguished and leading figures worldwide in the field of oral oncology,” said Richard Ibbetson, BDS MSc, FDS RCSEng; FDS RCSEdin; and FFGDPU.K., dean of the RCSEd dental faculty. “His significant contribution to health care and education, particularly in the field of oral cancer, worldwide, deserves to be duly recognized, and I am delighted to welcome him to Edinburgh to be awarded the Honorary FDS of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.”
“I am deeply humbled and sincerely grateful to the RCSEd for bestowing this distinguished honor upon me,” Dr. Shah said. “Recognition by colleagues from a different background is a high point in my career, and a unique privilege with a special meaning. Such recognition will go a long way towards strengthening the common platform created between surgeons from differing backgrounds involved in the care of patients with oral cancer, such as head and neck surgeons; otolaryngologists; plastic surgeons and dental/oral/maxillofacial surgeons.”
Established in 1505 and with a worldwide membership, the RCSEd is one of the world’s oldest and largest surgical establishments dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice, through its activities in education, training, and examinations. At the diploma ceremony, Drs. Warshaw and Shah joined surgeons and dental professionals who traveled to Edinburgh from around the globe to receive fellowship and membership diplomas. For more information, go to http://www.rcsed.ac.uk.