[Skip to Navigation]
July 1988

The Surgical Chairmanship in a Corporate World: Presidential Address

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Surgery, Wayne State University, and Harper-Grace Hospitals, Detroit.

Arch Surg. 1988;123(7):805-809. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1988.01400310019002

To be the 95th president of the Western Surgical Association is a great honor of which I and my family are tremendously appreciative. To be your first president who is a foreign medical graduate is a unique distinction that reflects the warm and tolerant spirit of this membership. To be the chairman of a major university department toward the end of a 22-year tenure with an opportunity to muse publicly on the changing contours of the chairmanship is a rare chance. Believing that too few surgeons, both in and out of academic life, have more than a vague knowledge of today's surgical chairmanship, my purpose is to reflect on a few selected facets of this often coveted but seldom comfortable position. I propose, like a cartographer, to delineate the changing boundaries and the rugged terrain of the chairman's territory. While there is some variation in climate over the land, the

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview