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Editorial
June 2, 2021

New Editorial Board Member—June 2021

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
  • 2Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill
  • 3Editor, JAMA Surgery
JAMA Surg. Published online June 2, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2021.2341

JAMA Surgery would like to thank Jonathan R. Hiatt, MD, for his extraordinary service to the journal as a member of the editorial board. His contributions as a peer reviewer, board member, and author have helped to elevate the science and impact of the journal. Effective June 1, 2021, JAMA Surgery is pleased to announce the appointment of Christian M. de Virgilio, MD, to the editorial board.

Christian Miguel de Virgilio, MD, was born in Argentina and immigrated to the US as a child. He received his medical degree from University of California, Los Angeles in Los Angeles. He completed his general surgery residency at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California, and a vascular surgery fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr de Virgilio is currently chair of Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and a professor of clinical surgery and chair of the College of Applied Anatomy at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He has practiced both vascular and trauma/acute care surgery at Harbor-UCLA, although his current focus is on vascular diseases. His research interests are broad, including topics in acute care, trauma, and vascular surgery and surgical education. He has authored more than 200 articles. Over the course of his career, he has served in many educational roles at Harbor-UCLA, including as a program director for both the general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship and as a vice chair of education. He has edited 2 books: Surgery: A Case Based Clinical Review,1 geared for medical students, and A Review of Surgery for ABSITE and Boards,2 for surgical residents. He has received several honors, including the UCLA American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award (for which he is a 9-time awardee), the National American Medical Student Association Golden Apple Award, an Alpha Omega Alpha membership, a Gold Humanism Honor Society membership, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Parker Palmer Courage to Teach Award, and the UCLA Excellence in Education Award. Dr de Virgilio is a member of the Southern Surgical Association and Western Vascular Surgery Society, a past president of both the Southern California Chapter of the American College of Surgeons and the Southern California Vascular Surgery Society, and the second president-elect of the Pacific Coast Surgical Association. One of his passions is mentoring students and residents of diverse backgrounds to help them achieve their career goals.

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