Strasberg to receive Distinguished Service Award


Steven Strasberg, MD, the Pruett Family Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, will receive the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

He will be honored in February at the association’s annual meeting in Miami.

Strasberg, a surgeon for more than 40 years, specializes in liver and pancreas, biliary, and gallbladder surgery, particularly regarding cancer of these organs. He performs surgeries at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

The Distinguished Service Award was established in 2001 to recognize physicians who are leaders in the hepato-pancreato-biliary field, who are dedicated to forwarding research and have had a long-term impact on the association.

“With more than 40 years in the HPB field, you continue to inspire and motivate your colleagues through your interest in new technologies and your focus on safety and education and the broad and substantial impact you have had on the HPB field,” William Chapman, MD, president of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, wrote in the notification letter to Strasberg. Chapman also is the Eugene M. Bricker Professor of Surgery and chief of the Division of General Surgery.

Last year, Strasberg received the Lifetime Achievement Award/Gold Medallion of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. He was made an honorary fellow of the European Surgical Association in 2007 and of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2006. Strasberg is an editorial board member of seven publications, including Journal of the American College of Surgeons and Annals of Surgery.

He earned his medical degree from the University of Toronto in 1963 and completed his residency at Toronto General Hospital in 1969. He finished his fellowship, in surgical research, at Boston University Medical Center in 1971. After being a professor at the University of Toronto, Strasberg joined the Washington University faculty in 1992.

Washington University School of Medicine’s 2,100 employed and volunteer faculty physicians also are the medical staff of Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient-care institutions in the nation, currently ranked sixth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Through its affiliations with Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s hospitals, the School of Medicine is linked to BJC HealthCare​.