President Richardson, it is my privilege to present to you and this assembly a renowned surgeon and clinical scientist, Prof. Jacques Belghiti, from Paris, France, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Professor Belghiti was born in Casablanca, Morocco, and graduated in medicine from the University of Paris in 1979. He was appointed professor of surgery in 1988, and in 1994 was appointed chief of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver transplantation at Beaujon Hospital in Paris.
Professor Belghiti embodies everything that is excellent in an academic surgeon. He is a first-class technical surgeon and considered one of the most innovative and productive surgeons in the world. He has trained many young surgeons in the field of hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease and his program is recognized both nationally and internationally. He is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to many books and served as co-editor of the major reference textbooks on hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease. The results of his controlled clinical studies and his innovative techniques are used worldwide.
Dr. Belghiti has received many honors. He is a member of many important societies around the world and has been president of the European HepatoPancreaticoBiliary Association and of the International Liver Transplantation Society. His achievements have been recognized by his appointment as a member of the American Surgical Association, as well as being named an honorary member of academic surgical societies in Japan, Argentina, Brazil, India, and Spain. In France, his achievements have been recognized by the award of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2003 and Officier de l’Ordre National du Mèrite in 2008. He is the former president of the French Hepatopancreatobiliary Association and the National French Congress of Surgery, and he is a member of the French Academy of Medicine.
President Richardson, Professor Belghiti is a surgeon of distinction, and it is my honor to present him to you and to this association for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.