The American College of Surgeons (ACS) Foundation Board of Directors will present the 2016 Distinguished Philanthropist Award to Mary H. McGrath, MD, MPH, FACS, professor of surgery, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), at its annual Donor Recognition Luncheon Monday, October 17, at Clinical Congress 2016 in Washington, DC. Dr. McGrath will be recognized for her generous contributions to the College, her service to the larger philanthropic community, her long-standing record of ACS volunteerism, and a career-long dedication to the quality of surgical patient care.
A graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, MO (1970), she completed her general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Medical Center, Denver (1976), trained in plastic surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine (1976–1978), New Haven, CT, and completed a fellowship in hand surgery at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, and Yale University (1978).
Contributions to the profession
Since then, Dr. McGrath has made outstanding clinical and academic contributions to the field of plastic surgery, especially in the areas of breast and hand surgery, wound healing, introduction of new technology, and workforce issues. Her career as an academic surgeon started at Yale in 1978 with a position as assistant professor of surgery in the school of medicine’s division of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
In 1980, she became assistant professor of surgery, division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY. In 1984, she moved to the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC, where she began as chief, division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, and director, residency training program, and ultimately, ascended to professor of surgery. She has held her current position at UCSF since 2003.
A Fellow of the College since 1983, Dr. McGrath has provided exceptional service to the ACS and has served for 25 years in leadership roles, including First Vice-President (2007–2008); Vice-Chair, Board of Regents (2005–2006); member, Executive Committee, Board of Regents (2002–2006); Regent (1997–2006); and Chair, Committee on Ethics (2003–2006).
She served on the Board of Governors Executive Committee and as a Governor-at-Large representing the District of Columbia and is a member of the ACS Foundation Board. In 2009, the ACS appointed her to serve on the Board of Commissioners of The Joint Commission; she is currently serving her third term in this capacity. For this remarkable service, Dr. McGrath received the College’s higher honor, the Distinguished Service Award, in 2011.
As an ACS donor since 1994, Dr. McGrath’s generous philanthropy has elevated her to the Fellows Leadership Society Legacy Circle, one of the top giving tiers that ACS Foundation donors may achieve. Remarking on her reasons for supporting the ACS, she said, “The surgical profession and other surgeons have enabled me to be personally and financially successful, for which I am tremendously grateful. I encourage other Fellows to consider making their own contributions and join the community of colleagues planning to see surgery survive successfully in the future.”