Carlos Fernández-del Castillo, MD, director of the Pancreas and Biliary Surgery Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, was honored as the inaugural incumbent of the Jorge and Darlene Pérez Endowed Chair in Surgery during a celebration on April 11, 2016, at the Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation.
“With more than 150 principal investigators, MGH is home to the largest surgical research team of any U.S. medical department. “
The chair, made possible through the generosity of Jorge and Darlene Pérez, will provide lasting resources to advance Mass General’s excellence in surgery. Dr. Fernández-del Castillo praised the Perez’s vision and partnership saying, “This gift continues a tradition of philanthropy at MGH that began in 1811.”
Peter L. Slavin, MD, president of Mass General, highlighted the department’s history of achievement, which includes the first public demonstration of anesthesia in 1846 and one of the earliest uses of minimally invasive surgery. Moving forward to today, he said, “With more than 150 principal investigators, MGH is home to the largest surgical research team of any U.S. medical department. Our work consistently contributes new knowledge to both the surgical and broader medical community, and Carlos has been exemplary in this endeavor.”
Great Promise for Surgery
A widely recognized expert in pancreatic and biliary surgery, Dr. Fernández-del Castillo has authored more than 250 publications. He is a co-director of the GI Cancer Center at Mass General and a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2011 Brian McGovern Award for Clinical Excellence, given by the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization.
The chair holds great promise for the future of surgery at Mass General.
Nominations for the McGovern Award come from physician peers and demonstrate Dr. Fernández-del Castillo’s dedication to his patients, students and colleagues. One example: “He is an outstanding surgeon, superb clinical investigator and tremendous teacher. The rotation on his clinical service is consistently rated among the favorite of our surgical residency program. Residents, nurses, surgeons, and other physician colleagues view him as a model.”
The chair holds great promise for the future of surgery at Mass General. “I know now that because of this extraordinary gift, this combination of activities, the patient care, the teaching, and the research, will continue even if outside pressures are against it,” said Dr. Fernández-del Castillo.
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