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August 19, 2008
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Vivian Gahtan, M.D., to be inducted as Lloyd S. Rogers Professor of Surgery in Sept. 3 event

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Vivian Gahtan, M.D., will be inducted as the Lloyd S. Rogers, M.D., Professor of Surgery at SUNY Upstate Medical University Sept. 3. Gahtan is chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and medical director of the Vascular Laboratory at University Hospital. She succeeds Patricia Numann, M.D.,as the Rogers Professor of Surgery.

“Under her expert leadership, Dr. Gahtan has revitalized the Division of Vascular Surgery,” said Paul R. Cunningham, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Surgery at SUNY Upstate. “Among other accomplishments, she recruited faculty, established a well-received educational program for the surgery residents and implemented several clinical protocols to enhance quality of care and maintains a robust research laboratory. All of these accomplishments are congruent with the wishes of Dr. Roger’s who intended to support the career of an academic surgeon at the professorial level.”

Gahtan, of Jamesville, received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1987 and completed an endovascular fellowship at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Cornell and Columbia University campuses in 2006.

The endowed professorship is named for Lloyd S. Rogers, MD, the first full-time faculty member in the Department of Surgery. He was a member of SUNY Upstate’s College of Medicine from 1953 until 1985 when he retired as professor emeritus.

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