Saturday, April 9, 2022—
Dr. Lorrie Langdale, Professor & Chief, Section of General Surgery, VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VA), received the Seattle Surgical Society Lifetime Service Award to recognize and honor her substantial life-long contributions, in service to the health and well-being of citizens of the Pacific Northwest.
“It was a tremendous honor and surprise to receive the 2022 Lifetime Service Award from the Seattle Surgical Society,” said Dr. Langdale. “The Award was inaugurated in 2021 and presented to Dr. Michael Copass. Given his legacy to Seattle’s Emergency Response System and care of the injured patient, to be cast as having had anything close to his impact on our community was humbling. We all aspire to make a difference and there are many paths to achieving that goal. As a kid, I wanted to be either a doctor or a math teacher—as it happened, a fulfilling career at the Seattle VA in the UW Department of Surgery and School of Medicine allowed me to merge those dreams, teaching several generations of residents and students to care for patients both in and out of the operating room and mentoring those who wanted to follow. I have watched with pride the growth of so many friends who are now the go-to surgeons of their institutions. I am most gratified to have played a small role in their continued success.”