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A Textbook That Stands the Test of Time

The American College of Surgeons Honors AUA’s Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz on the 50th Anniversary of his textbook, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery.

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) honored AUA’s Dr. Seymour I. Schwartz by celebrating the 50th anniversary of his groundbreaking textbook, Schwartz’s Principles of Surgery, on October 24th at its annual Clinical Congress. Now in its tenth printing, Principles is a standard part of med school curricula around the world, and is currently the #1 Best Seller on Amazon’s list of “Laparoscopic & Robotic” surgery books. It has been translated into nine languages.

The conference was held in San Diego, California. During the event, panelists discussed the most important advances in surgery since the 1st edition of the book, published in 1969. The celebration also commemorated the year Dr. Schwartz first submitted his finished manuscript, 1967. Dr. Schwartz co-moderated the talk, along with David Linehan, MD, FACS, who succeeded him as Chairman of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, New York.

Dr. Schwartz is a Professor of Surgery at AUA and our Provost. Since 2011, he has been on New York State’s Advisory Committee on Long-Term Clinical Clerkships. Dr. Schwartz has been a member of the University of Rochester’s faculty for 60 years.

In clinical circles, Dr. Schwartz is most well-known as a hepatobiliary surgeon. He became an ACS Fellow in 1959. In addition to writing Principles of Surgery and editing its first seven editions, Dr. Schwartz served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons from 1997-2004, and ACS President from 1997-1998. He received the ACS Distinguished Service Award, the College’s highest honor, in 1986 as well.

Congratulations, Dr. Schwartz! We’re extremely proud and honored that you’re a member of the AUA faculty!