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Internationally renowned Rochester doctor to speak at 2018 Sischy Lecture


ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Seymour Schwartz, M.D., will deliver the 2018 Sischy Lecture on Monday, October 1 at 6 p.m. at the Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center, 300 East River Road, Rochester, New York. His talk, “From Medicine to Manuscript, Doctors with a Literacy Legacy,” focuses on authors with a background in medicine, from the Middle Ages to the present era. 
Dr. Schwartz is the Distinguished Alumni Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and was Chair of the Department of Surgery from 1987-98. He received his medical training at New York University and his surgical training at the University of Rochester, Strong Memorial Hospital. He has served as president of the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, and the Society of Clinical Surgery. He was elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society and the Institute of Medicine. He is on the Board of the National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution and the Phillips Society of the Library of Congress. 
Dr. Schwartz has authored or edited several surgical textbooks, including seven editions of the widely read “Principles of Surgery,” and is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.  His contributions to the field of surgery were recognized in 1992 when he received the Albert Kaiser Medal.
In his spare time, Dr. Schwartz is also a cartographic historian and has authored “Mapping of America,” “The French and Indian War,” “An Englishman’s Journey Along America’s Eastern Waterway’s,” “This Land is Your Land: The Geographic Evolution of the United States,” and “The Mis-Mapping of America, and Putting ‘America’ on the Map.”
The Ben Sischy, M.D., Visiting Scholar in Humane Medicine Lecture was created in 1991 as a tribute to Dr. Ben Sischy who helped establish the department of Radiation Oncology at Highland Hospital and was chief of the program for many years. His career was based on his beliefs in the importance of quality patient care, innovative research and dedicated treatment. He is credited with pioneering many new approaches to cancer treatment in a community hospital setting.
The lecture is free and open to the public. To register, go to http://event.urmc.edu/sischy18. For more information, contact Angela Pullen at 585-273-5937.

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