President Warshaw, it is my distinct privilege to present to you and to this assembly Prof. Abraham Fingerhut of Poissy, France, a world-renowned gastrointestinal tract surgeon, for Honorary Fellowship in the American College of Surgeons.
Professor Fingerhut graduated from Highland Park High School in New Jersey, received his bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and completed his medical degree and residency with honors at the University of Paris, France. After working as a research fellow in Paris, he started as an assistant surgeon at the Centre Hospitalier Intercommunal de Poissy, France. In 1987, he became chief of surgery, a position that he held until 2007. Professor Fingerhut also has appointments as associate professor of surgery at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and as professor at the College of Medicine of the Hospitals of Paris and at the University of Athens in Greece. He has received honorary degrees from the University of Graz in Austria and China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan.
He has served as president of numerous associations, including the European Society of Trauma and Emergency Surgery and the European Association for Endoscopic Surgery. Professor Fingerhut is perhaps best known for his role as a founding member and secretary of the Surgical Association of Clinical Research in Europe, as well as the driving force and secretary behind the French Federation for Research in Surgery. He has been instrumental in the inception, design, execution, data analysis, and subsequent publication of more than 100 randomized controlled or prospective trials in France during the last 21 years.
Professor Fingerhut has delivered more than 1,000 lectures around the world. He has completed his first of two terms as a Governor-at-Large representing the American College of Surgeons Fellows of France from 2012 to 2015, and in 2012 was inducted as an honorary fellow of the American Surgical Association and in 2014 as an honorary fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. In addition to all of his exceptional contributions to surgery, he is a devoted husband, father, and brother, as well as a loyal friend. He also is an avid heliskier, climber, and trekker.
President Warshaw, Professor Fingerhut embodies and has displayed the essence of academic surgery, and as such, I am honored to present him to you for Honorary Fellowship.