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Life, Surgery, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Surgery, and the Pursuit of Happiness PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS Bruce L. Gewertz, MD am deeply grateful to all of you for the honor of serving as president of the Western Sur- gical Association. Simply said, from my residency at the University of Michigan, my pro- fessional career has been tied to this organization. My mentors at Michigan—Bill Fry, Jim I Stanley, Tom Dent, Jerry Turcotte, and Norm Thompson—were proud and active mem- bers. I presented my first paper in 1975 at the Broadmoor as a third-year resident with a level of anxiety, which was understandable considering the spirited discussion by George Block. Like many other interactions at this meeting, that random contact with George led to a 20-year friendship, which I cherished. In fact, in the last 30 years, the greatest number of my coauthors, colleagues, and closest physician friends have been members of our organization. When I rejoined the executive commit- tee this year, 5 years after my term as trea- surer ended, I was struck by the commit- ment and dedication of the senior officers led by secretary Jerry Jurkovich and the hard-working committee members who have put this outstanding meeting to- gether. I can assure you that, thanks to their daily efforts, the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA Surgery American Medical Association

Life, Surgery, and the Pursuit of Happiness

JAMA Surgery , Volume 144 (7) – Jul 1, 2009

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
2168-6254
eISSN
2168-6262
DOI
10.1001/archsurg.2009.103
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19620538
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Abstract

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS Bruce L. Gewertz, MD am deeply grateful to all of you for the honor of serving as president of the Western Sur- gical Association. Simply said, from my residency at the University of Michigan, my pro- fessional career has been tied to this organization. My mentors at Michigan—Bill Fry, Jim I Stanley, Tom Dent, Jerry Turcotte, and Norm Thompson—were proud and active mem- bers. I presented my first paper in 1975 at the Broadmoor as a third-year resident with a level of anxiety, which was understandable considering the spirited discussion by George Block. Like many other interactions at this meeting, that random contact with George led to a 20-year friendship, which I cherished. In fact, in the last 30 years, the greatest number of my coauthors, colleagues, and closest physician friends have been members of our organization. When I rejoined the executive commit- tee this year, 5 years after my term as trea- surer ended, I was struck by the commit- ment and dedication of the senior officers led by secretary Jerry Jurkovich and the hard-working committee members who have put this outstanding meeting to- gether. I can assure you that, thanks to their daily efforts, the

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JAMA SurgeryAmerican Medical Association

Published: Jul 1, 2009

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