American University of Antigua (AUA), is pleased to announce Dr. Seymour Schwartz, MD, FACS, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of AUA has been appointed by the New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch to serve on the Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships.

The first duty of the committee is to make recommendations to the Board of Regents regarding the standards and process to be applied in assessing applications by international medical schools for approval to place their students in long-term clinical clerkships in New York State. More information about the Rules of the Board of Regents and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to the Approval of Dual-Campus International Medical Schools Seeking to Place Their Students in Long-Term Clinical Clerkships in New York State can be found in the materials for the June 2011 meeting of the Board of Regents.

Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz, Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery, was born in New York City where he was educated in the public school system. In 1947, he received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1950, he graduated from the New York University College of Medicine and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. That year, he began his surgical residency training program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, completing the experience in 1957, at which time he joined the surgical faculty where he has remained for the ensuing 48 years, culminating in Chairmanship from 1987 to 1998.

In 1960, he was awarded the John and Mary R Markle Scholarship in Academic Medicine. His basic research focused on liver physiology, portal hypertension, platelet physiology, and the effects of carotid sinus nerve stimulation on hypertension. Although he performed as a general surgeon, a vascular surgeon, and a cardiothoracic surgeon, and a pediatric surgeon, his major clinical impact was in the field of hepatobiliary surgery. He is best known for his contributions to surgical literature. He has authored over 250 scientific articles in refereed journals and several textbooks including Surgical Diseases of the Liver, Tropical Surgery, Atlas of Hepatic Tumors and Focal Lesions, and Surgical Reflections. He was editor-in-chief of two editions of Maingot’s Abdominal Operations, and seven editions of Principles of Surgery, which sold over half a million copies and was translated into nine languages. Dr. Schwartz was also editor-in-chief of Contemporary Surgery for 28 years, Yearbook of Surgery for 22 years, and the Journal of the American College of Surgeons for 10 years. Dr. Schwartz served as President of America’s most prestigious surgical societies: the Society of Clinical Surgery (America’s oldest surgical society), the American Surgical Association (America’s premier surgical society), and the American College of Surgeons (America’s largest surgical society), in addition to the Central Surgical Association.
Dr. Schwartz has been the recipient of many awards from surgical societies and surgical departments in the United States and abroad. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Surgeons, the Berson Medical Alumni Award in Clinical Science from New York University, and the Albert David Kaiser Medal from the Rochester Academy of Medicine. He has been elected to honorary fellowships in the major surgical societies in five continents and has received an Honoris Causa (PhD) from the University of Lund, Sweden and the Complutense University of Madrid and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Wisconsin. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine and the American Philosophical Society.
Dr. Schwartz has also had a long term interest in the mapping of America and has written five books on the subject, one of which is the standard reference on the subject. In the realm of history and cartography, he serves on the Boards of the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Geography and Map Division of the Library of Congress.

Also named to the Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships:

  • Regent Wade Norwood, co-chair
  • Dr. Rodger Oskvig, Chair, State Board for Medicine, co-chair
  • Walter Ramos, J.D., R.N., Executive Secretary, State Board for Medicine
  • Dr. John Morley, Medical Director, Office of Health Systems Management, Department of Health
  • Lawrence G. Smith, M.D., M.A.C.P., Dean, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine; Physician-in-Chief, North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Nancy A. Perri, M.D., Chief Academic Officer, Ross University School of Medicine
  • Steven C. Rodger, Chairman & CEO, R3 Education Inc.
  • Audrée A. Bendo, M.D., M.S., Professor of Anesthesiology; Program Director; Vice Chair for Education, SUNY/Health Science Center at Brooklyn
  • Michael J. Reichgott, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine; Director for Conflict of Interest and for Human Subjects Protection, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Robert K. Weiser, M.D., F.A.C.S., Attending Surgeon, The New York Methodist Hospital and The Long Island College Hospital
  • Ram Kairam, M.D., Chairman – Department of Pediatrics, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

As required by the Rules of the Board of Regents, the committee includes a representative of the Department of Health, physicians experienced in the evaluation of medical education programs, representatives of international medical schools approved by the Department, representatives of medical schools registered in New York State, and representatives of hospitals that serve as sites for clinical clerkships in New York State.