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Mobile, Ala. (April 15, 2011)
Contact: Ashley Givens, (251) 470-1682

Surgery Chair at Vanderbilt to Present Frazer/Leigh Memorial Lecture


Dr. Naji N. Abumrad, John L. Sawyers Professor of Surgery and chair of the department of surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, will present two lectures in April. Both talks are open to all medical professionals and are made possible through the Dr. Emmett B. Frazer and Dr. Milton M. Leigh Endowments at the University of South Alabama Department of Surgery.

The first lecture, “Life of an Academic Surgeon,” will take place on April 21, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the Health Sciences Building at the corner of University Boulevard and USA North Drive. Dr. Abumrad’s second lecture, titled “Mechanism of Resolution of Diabetes in Obesity,” will take place April 22, 2011, at 7 a.m. at the USA Conference Center located on the second floor of the USA Medical Center at 2451 Fillingim St.

Dr. Abumrad’s clinical interests cover all aspects of general surgery and, particularly, endocrine surgery. His extensive research activities include studies of the mechanism of insulin resistance in the morbidly obese. Dr. Abumrad's work has been funded by NIH grants during most of his academic career.

In addition, Dr. Abumrad’s professional interests have earned him appointments to serve on many NIH study sections, and he is active in numerous professional associations. He has authored more than 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals and several book chapters.

This annual memorial lecture, funded by community surgeons and the USA Department of Surgery, is given to honor the legacy of Dr. Emmett B. Frazer and Dr. Milton M. Leigh as leaders in clinical service and graduate surgical education in the Mobile community.

The USA College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The USA College of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For more information on both lectures, contact the USA Department of Surgery at (251) 471-7993.

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