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December 3, 1999
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

Patricia J. Numann, M.D., elected chair of the American Board of Surgery and second vice president of American College of Surgeons

Patricia J. Numann, M.D., professor of surgery and a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the State University of New York Health Science Center and medical director of University Hospital, has been elected chair of the American Board of Surgery (ABS). She also was recently elected second vice president of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

The ABS, founded in 1937, certifies surgeons in a variety of surgical specialties who have met specific requirements and a standard of excellence. The ABS is an independent, non-profit organization and one of 24 certifying boards that are members of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.

Numann, who earned her medical degree from the SUNY Health Science Center in 1965, is a nationally recognized surgical educator and surgeon, having served on numerous committees of the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the Endocrine Society and the Society of University Surgeons. In 1987 she became the first women ever to serve on the 12-member Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association.

Numann joined the Health Science Center in 1970 and was named University Hospital’s chief medical officer in 1997. In 1986 she founded University Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Care Program, now the Breast Care Center, which provides diagnosis and treatment for women with suspected breast cancers and other diseases.

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