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Sabo honored as president of American College of Surgeons with MSU lecture, reception

January 8, 2003 -- Carol Schmidt

Dr. Richard R. Sabo, a private practice general surgeon from Bozeman who is the newly installed 83rd president of the American College of Surgeons, delivers his presidential address during ACS convocation ceremonies in Oct. Sabo again will deliver his speech for colleagues and the community at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. Photo by Chuck Giorno.   High-Res Available

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Bozeman -- Dr. Richard Sabo of Bozeman, recently inducted as the president of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), will present his presidential address to colleagues and his hometown community at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Hager Auditorium of the Museum of the Rockies. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the museum lobby.

Sabo, a private practice general surgeon and an affiliate professor of medical science at MSU, will deliver his induction lecture, "Challenge of Change: Introducing Emerging Surgical Technologies into the Practice of Medicine." Sabo first delivered the speech when he was installed as the 83rd president of the ACS in October. When he was installed, ModernHealthcare, an online service for physicians said "Sabo is one of the first practicing surgeons from a rural area to lead the 65,000 member organization."

Sabo said he was very pleased to give the presidential address locally, and while it was focused at fellow surgeons who belong to the College of Surgeons, "all physicians are faced with the responsibilities of how and when to incorporate new techniques."

"This talk by Dr. Sabo provides a unique opportunity for the community to gain insight into how professional medical organizations, and their individual members, are involved in 'looking-out' for the patient and the public," said Dwight Phillips, interim director of MSU's WWAMI Medical Education Program. "It is also important to appreciate that someone from Bozeman is in a position to influence decision-making that impacts how surgeons across the country practice medicine and train for their specialty."

Sabo is a native of Bozeman who attended the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He was a resident at University Hospitals of Cleveland and was also a general surgeon in the U.S. Air Force. He has been in private practice in Bozeman for 31 years. His professional interests have focused on the problems associated with surgical practice in rural areas and the use of computers in both clinical practice and continuing medical education. He has been an active ACS Fellow since 1974, serving on the organization's national board of governors for six years and on the board of regents for nine years, the last two as vice-chairman. In 2000 he was the Web editor of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and has given many presentations at ACS congresses and chapter meetings and other organization meetings on a wide range of subjects, including AIDS, private practice management and the practice of surgery in rural areas..

Sabo's lecture and reception is sponsored by WWAMI, the MSU College of Letters and Science and the Department of History and Philosophy at MSU.

Contact: Dwight Phillips (406) 994-4411