Dr. Carlos Pellegrini Receives the ISS/SIC 2013 Prize for Surgical Scholarship
Carlos Pellegrini, MD, FACS, FRCSI (hon.), The Henry N. Harkins Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, University of Washington was recently awarded the “ISS/SIC Prize 2013.” The Executive Committee of the International Society of Surgery/Societe Internationale de Chirurgie (ISS/SIC) unanimously voted to present this award to him according to the criteria established at their conference in Toronto in 1989. The prize will be “given to the surgeons who have published work which has made most notable and useful contributions to surgical science.”
In the letter of Award, ISS/SIC stated “We present this prestigious prize to you with the highest appreciation of your merits. Your pioneering advances in minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery, especially the use of video endoscopy for minimally invasive surgical treatment of gastro-esophageal reflux and esophageal motility disorders such as achalasia, are proof that you are a world authority on surgery of esophageal diseases.” The letter further stated that his great many publications focusing on minimally invasive surgery have made notable and useful contributions to surgical science.
The ISS/SIC, more than 100 years old, is the oldest existing international medical society. The role it has played is to promote understanding and tolerance between associated nations and surgical disciplines. Five integrated societies are a part of ISS/SIC: The International Association of Endocrine Surgeons (IAES0); International Association of Trauma Surgery and Intensive Care (IATSIC); The International Association for Surgical Metabolism and Nutrition (IASMEN); The Breast Surgery International (BS); and the International Society for Digestive Surgery (ISDS); Surgeons in these areas are from more than 100 countries on five continents are represented in the ISS/SIC. The current President, Dr. Goran Akerstrom, describes ISS/SIC as “a very benevolent ‘umbrella organization’ to keep the ‘house of surgery’ together for all problems of general interest to all surgical specialties.” It works to bring together surgeons willing to invest time and energy in a quality conscious international venture.
Dr. Pellegrini was invited by ISS/SIC to travel to Helsinki, Finland for International Surgical Week to accept this Award and to be officially honored at the opening ceremony on August 25, 2013. The Department joins ISS/SIC in congratulating Dr. Pellegrini on this achievement.
Modified August 2013 - MDH