Juan A. Asensio, MD, FACS, FCCM, FRCS, was honored at a formal investiture last November at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, NY, as a Knight of Malta. Dr. Asensio directs the comprehensive Level I trauma center at CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center, Omaha, NE, where he is a professor of surgery and chief of the division of trauma surgery and surgical critical care. In addition, he is director of the university’s trauma center and trauma program.
The more than 900-year-old Order of Malta is the only remaining active military order from the Crusades. Members assist patients in need, including the young, elderly, handicapped, homeless, and those with terminal illnesses. Through its worldwide relief corps, Malteser International, the order assists refugees and victims of natural disasters, epidemics, and armed conflicts.
Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, in May unveiled a new medical library, named in honor of the late M. Delmar Edwards, MD, FACS, a former trustee of the college; the first African American to practice surgery in Columbus, GA; and a trailblazer for many young surgeons. Dr. Edwards died in Atlanta in 2009 at age 83, but he left a legacy as a surgeon, activist, educator, and philanthropist. Through the former Columbus-Fort Benning Medical Scholarships, one of the largest endowed scholarship funds at the school, now renamed the M. Delmar Edwards, MD, Endowed Scholarship, he helped many medical students complete their education. A native of Arkansas, Dr. Edwards was the third African Americans admitted to the University of Arkansas College of Medicine, Fayetteville.
Stanley J. Kurek, Jr., DO, FACS, professor of surgery, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and medical director, trauma, acute care surgery and surgical critical care, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, Ft. Pierce, FL, was recently elected to a one-year term as the 28th president of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma (EAST). His EAST presidential message is available at www.east.org/news-and-events/news-details/5/message-from-the-east-president.
Barry M. Manuel, MD, FACS, a recipient of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Distinguished Service Award (DSA) and Past-President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the College, received the Massachusetts Medical Society’s (MMS) 2015 Award for Distinguished Service. The prestigious honor is given annually to an MMS member who has made a lasting contribution to the practice of medicine over a lifetime and made significant contributions to the goals of the MMS.
The award was presented to Dr. Manuel at the MMS annual meeting May 1 in Boston. In 2010, the MMS honored Dr. Manuel with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Manuel served as associate dean for continuing medical education, 1980−2014, and professor of surgery, 1982−2014, at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). With his June 30 retirement, he now holds the titles of associate dean emeritus and professor of surgery emeritus. In addition, the Office of Continuing Medical Education at Boston University will be renamed the Barry M. Manuel Office of Continuing Medical Education. Dr. Manuel received the DSA from the ACS in 1993 and in 1997 was the recipient of BUSM’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Robert W. Panton, MD, FACS, River Forest, IL, was elected vice-speaker of the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS) during its recent annual meeting. A board-certified specialist in ophthalmologycertified specialist in ophthalmology, Dr. Panton practices at Rush Oak Park Hospital; West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, IL; and Westlake Hospital and Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Melrose Park, IL.
He served as Chicago Medical Society president in 2013–2014. Dr. Panton is also a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.