Maurice L. LeBauer Professorship in Surgery Fund
The Maurice L. LeBauer Professorship in Surgery Fund was created with the support of Carolyn W. LeBauer and her late husband, Maurice L. LeBauer, M.D. (Med '29), who died in 1996. Dr. LeBauer was a prominent surgeon in his native Greensboro, N.C. During World War II, he served in the University's 8th Evacuation Hospital, a mobile medical unit that operated in North Africa and Europe. Mrs. LeBauer graduated from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, in 1936. The professorship demonstrates the LeBauers' commitment to advancing the School of Medicine and the Department of Surgery, where the professorship is held.
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. Dr. Rodgers is currently working with several other pediatric surgeons to enhance pediatric surgical training in Rwanda, Africa.This past year, Dr. Rodgers was chosen as the "General Surgery Attending of the Year," by the graduating Chief Residents in General Surgery. Dr. Rodgers considers this honor and an indication of the value of his surgical teaching to the residency program at the University.