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ACS Mourns the Passing of Dr. Stanley J. Dudrick, Pioneer in Parenteral Nutrition

Stanley Dudrick, MD, FACS, whose research into intravenous feedings was recognized as a critical step forward in surgery, passed away January 18. His commitment to developing parenteral nutrition changed the face of care for acutely ill patients and is credited with saving millions of lives. Dr. Dudrick’s accomplishments in research, education, and clinical practice have been recognized by many medical organizations, including the American College of Surgeons (ACS) through its Jacobson Innovation Award in 2005 and the first American Surgical Association Flance/Karl Award in 1997.

Dr. Dudrick, a Past-Govenor of the ACS, was a lifelong proponent of nutrition science. He led a groundbreaking research study in the field in 1968, and in 1975 he collaborated with 35 health care professionals to form the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) and became its first president. ASPEN has since grown to more than 6,500 members and is one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to improving the research and application of clinical nutrition therapies.

“ASPEN’s interdisciplinary membership and approach reflects one of the principles that guided Dr. Dudrick’s life and marked his brilliant and life-changing career,” said Ezra Steiger, MD, FACS, FASPEN, AGAF. “Dr. Dudrick will be remembered as a healer and visionary, whose kindness has deeply touched many people, and whose achievements have changed the lives of many,” added ASPEN president Lingtak-Neander Chan, PharmD, BCNSP. 

Dr. Dudrick had a distinguished career in academic surgery, serving as the first professor and founding chair of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He also chaired of the departments of surgery at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and hospitals in the Yale Health System, New Haven, CT, among other appointments. 

Read more about Dr. Dudrick’s life and career.

ACS-Pfizer 2020 Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards Nominations OpenOperation Giving Back

The American College of Surgeons (ACS)/Pfizer Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarian Awards recognize and celebrate ACS Fellows and members whose altruism, vision, leadership, and dedication provide models to emulate and whose contributions have made a lasting difference on patients in the U.S. and around the world. The nomination period for the 2020 awards is open through February 15, 2020.

The five award categories for which an individual may be nominated are as follows: humanitarianism and domestic, international, military, and resident volunteerism.

Applications will be evaluated by the ACS Board of Governors Surgical Volunteerism and Humanitarianism Workgroup. Awardees will be announced in September and recognized at the ACS Clinical Congress 2020 in Chicago, IL.

Do you know a surgeon who is eligible and deserving of one of the awards? Submit a nomination today by logging in to your ACS account and visiting the Operation Giving Back (OGB) nominations page.

Read more about the awards, and contact OGB with any questions at