Maurice L. LeBauer Professorship in Surgery Fund
History of Past Recipients and Projects
The Board of Visitors elected Bradley M. Rodgers, M.D., to the Maurice L. LeBauer Professorship in Surgery in 1999. Dr. Rodgers continues as head of the Division of Pediatric Surgery within the University of Virginia Children's Hospital and serves as surgeon-in-chief. He maintains a busy clinical practice in general and thoracic pediatric surgery, and continues to be active in teaching medical students and residents from the departments of surgery, pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Dr. Rodgers has held leadership positions in all of the major national pediatric surgical organizations, including serving as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and chair of the Pediatric Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery. Dr. Rodgers completed his tenure with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee (ACGME RRC) for surgery in 2009, and was appointed to serve on the ACGME RRC Appeals Panel for the next six years. Dr. Rodgers is noted internationally for his work with developing innovative techniques for minimally invasive surgery in children. He has spoken internationally on these topics. He currently serves on the editorial board of the journals: "Pediatric Endosurgery and Innovative Techniques," "Pediatric Surgery International," "World Journal of Surgery," and "American Surgeon." He performs ad-hoc reviews for the "Journal of Pediatric Surgery," "Annals of Surgery," and the "Journal of Perinatology." He currently serves as a consultant in Pediatric Surgery for the Children's Hospital of Costa Rica. In 2009, he traveled to Perm, Siberia, to work with the pediatric surgeons in the children's hospital to develop their minimally invasive surgical capabilities.
The Board of Visitors elected Bradley M. Rodgers, M.D., to the Maurice L. LeBauer Professorship in Surgery in 1998. Dr. Rodgers continues to be one of the leaders in pediatric surgery and pediatric surgical education nationally. Having completed his year as president of the American Pediatric Surgical Association three years ago, he has served on the Executive Committee of that organization and of the American Pediatric Surgical Foundation. Dr. Rodgers continues to serve as the Pediatric Surgery representative on the ACGME/Residency Review Committee for Surgery, the national organization that sets standards for training in pediatric surgery and reviews pediatric surgical training programs on a regular basis to be certain that they are meeting these standards. Over the past year, Dr. Rodgers revised the method of evaluating Pediatric Surgery residents' operative experience during their fellowship. Two years ago, he completed a complete revision of the Pediatric Surgery Training Program Requirements. Dr. Rodgers continues to serve as the chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery within the Department of Surgery. He also is the Chair of the Children's Surgical Group, the organization of all of the children's surgeons within the University of Virginia Children's Hospital. His research is focused on the clinical application of minimally invasive surgical procedures in pediatric surgery and he remains a national leader in that area. This past year, he reviewed the use of minimally invasive thoracic procedures for the treatment of severe chest infections in children at U.Va., a technique that he was the first to describe in 1986. He is now reviewing the use of these techniques for treatment of spontaneous pneumothorax in children, the sudden accumulation of air within the chest, causing respiratory distress. In the past year, Dr. Rodgers delivered the George W. Holcomb, M.D., Pediatric Surgical Lecture at Vanderbilt University and discussed the importance of minimally invasive surgical techniques in pediatric surgery education. Dr. Rodgers continues to be active in assisting in the training of pediatric surgeons from Costa Rica and was the invited lecturer for the Central American Pediatric Surgical Association meeting in 2008. He hosted one of the pediatric surgeons from Costa Rica at the University this past year. Dr. Rodgers looks forward in the coming year to continuing his investigations of the usefulness of minimally invasive surgical techniques for the care of children. He will continue to review his own experience with the use of these techniques for various disabilities and share these experiences with others throughout the country.
- Bradley M. Rodgers, M.D. 1998-present