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The University of Wisconsin Department of Surgery will welcome its first Louis C. Bernhardt Visiting Professor on March 30, 2016. Dr. Kenneth L. Mattox, distinguished service professor at Baylor College of Medicine and chief of staff and chief of surgery at Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston, Texas, will present Surgery Grand Rounds, meet with faculty, and participate in teaching and mentoring sessions with students throughout the day.

“Dr. Mattox is a luminary, an icon, a leader in the field of surgery,” says Dr. Louis Bernhardt, the namesake of the new visiting professorship at the UW Department of Surgery. “I first met Dr. Mattox in 1995, and that visit with him cemented an already profound influence on me. When asked whom I might suggest as the inaugural Bernhardt Visiting Professor, it was really an easy choice. It’s an incredible opportunity for our students and residents to meet and learn from this highly distinguished surgeon scientist.”

Mattox is an internationally renowned trauma and thoracic surgeon and an innovator in trauma care. His Surgery Grand Rounds presentation, “Serendipity and Symbiosis in Evolution of Aortic Trauma,” will take place at 7:20 a.m. in room 1345 Health Sciences Learning Center. All staff and residents are invited to attend.

The Louis C. Bernhardt Visiting Professorship was established in 2016 by the UW Department of Surgery to honor one of its most dedicated teachers. Bernhardt entered medical school at the UW in 1959. He completed his general surgery residency and a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship here, and spent a brief time on the faculty of the UW Department of Surgery. Although he was in private practice in Madison for 34 years, Bernhardt remained integrally involved in teaching medical students and residents. Even after his retirement in 2004, he has continued to teach medical students on behalf of the Department of Surgery. In 2012, Bernhardt authored a book on the history of the UW Department of Surgery with former department chair and emeritus professor of surgery, Dr. Layton F. “Bing” Rikkers.

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