President Pellegrini, it is my privilege to present to you and this assembly a renowned and revered surgeon and clinical scientist, Prof. O. James Garden of Edinburgh, Scotland, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons (ACS).
Professor Garden embodies all that is good about the surgical profession and its leaders. As the Regius Professor of Clinical Surgery (a position previously held by Professor Joseph Lister) and past-head of the School of Clinical Sciences and Community Health at the University of Edinburgh, he is considered by many to be the consummate ambassador for international surgery.
A graduate of the University of Edinburgh (1977), Professor Garden trained in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland, and Paris, France, and is considered one of the preeminent specialists in hepatobiliary, pancreatic, and liver transplantation surgery. He led the establishment of the Scottish Liver Transplantation Programme and performed the first successful liver transplant in Scotland in 1992. Professor Garden is particularly interested in the management of both benign and malignant diseases of the liver and biliary tract, including the surgical treatment of complex injuries to the bile duct.
Professor Garden has edited 16 books and has written more than 75 book chapters and hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is a past-associate editor of the World Journal of Surgery, the current editor-in-chief of HPB Surgery, and chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, Ltd. Professor Garden was the chair of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh’s Quincentenary Congress in 2005. In 2006, he was chair of the 7th World Congress of the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority in Edinburgh and has recently served as president of that association. The long list of honors, accolades, and awards that have been bestowed on our distinguished colleague includes the Chancellor’s Award for Teaching by the Duke of Edinburgh; Honorary Secretary of the James IV Association of Surgeons; Honorary Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American Surgical Association; and honorary memberships in many other international surgical societies.
One of his most enduring legacies is in the area of surgical education. Professor Garden led the development of the masters in surgical sciences (MSc) degree that forms part of the collaborative venture with the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. The MSc and the resulting ChM series of programs in general surgery, trauma, orthopaedics, and urology have recruited more than 600 students in the last six years. In 2013, 297 trainees applied for entry. The programs received the eLearning Award—Best Online or Distance Learning Programme–Education—in November 2010 and secured the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in November 2013. The programs now support and provide free academic training for several trainees in disadvantaged parts of the world, including Malawi and Sierra Leone.
I have no doubt that this ceremony of awarding an honorary fellowship has received the royal sanction from Her Majesty, for Professor Garden was appointed Surgeon to Her Majesty the Queen in Scotland in 2004. He also was recently made Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
President Pellegrini, we warmly welcome Professor Garden and his lovely wife, Mandy, along with their children, Stephen and Katherine, to the ACS family. I am honored to present him for Honorary Fellowship.