DURING MY long association with Dr Wangensteen, one of his attributes that I most admired was his ability to negotiate on behalf of his trainees. His success was legendary. There were only 3 paid general surgery faculty slots in the Department of Surgery at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, his and 2 others, yet the faculty always numbered 8 to 10. The additional faculty were supported by soft money, through scholarships, grants, advanced fellowships, or medical school endowments. For example, he secured 13 Markle Scholars, 4 American Heart Association fellows, and 2 scholars of the American Cancer Society, all with 5-year faculty stipends. His support and negotiation through the years helped 38 of his faculty and former residents attain departmental chair status and 31 become division heads.
Aust JB. O. H. Wangensteen, MD, PhD. Arch Surg. 1999;134(2):221. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.2.221