Richard L. Simmons, MD – Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award

Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award – Recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional skill in their clinical care of patients and dedication to the ideals of the medical profession as a teacher or profession leader.

Richard L. Simmons, MD

Richard L. Simmons, MD, who specializes in General Surgery, graduated in medicine from Boston University in 1959. He served his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and served fellowships at Columbia University, American Cancer Society, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Currently, Dr. Simmons is Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he also is Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Surgery. He also serves as Medical Director of UPMC Health System and Medical Director and Chairman of the Institute for Quality and Medical Management.

Dr. Simmons served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as an investigator in the Division of Surgery at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., and in 1967, he served as Chief of the U.S. Army Surgical Research Team in Vietnam.

Dr. Simmons was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 1994. He was chairman of the surgical forum committee of the American College of Surgeons, and in 2001 the organization dedicated the Annual Volume of the Owen H. Wangensteen Surgical Forum to him. He has served as president of the Society of University Surgeons, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the Surgical Infection Society.

Dr. Simmons has trained close to 300 residents. He also has edited or co-authored 15 books and has written or co-authored more than 1,200 articles for professional journals, primarily on transplantation, immunology, and surgical infections. The Institute for Scientific Information has awarded him a certificate as a “Highly Cited Researcher.” He was awarded the Medawar Prize for lifetime achievement in transplantation by the International Transplantation Society in 2004. In 2013, he was named in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

ACMS Foundation GalaJoin us March 8th, 2014 at the OMNI William Penn Hotel to honor Dr. Simmons.



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