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Surgical Reminiscence
February 1999

O. H. Wangensteen, MD, PhD

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Surg. 1999;134(2):221. doi:10.1001/archsurg.134.2.221

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.