Eminent surgeon honored with Jefferson Award for commitment, service

Dr. George Sheldon in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has been awarded the University’s prestigious 2011 Thomas Jefferson Award.

Eminent surgeon honored with Jefferson Award for commitment, service click to enlarge George Sheldon

The annual award was created in 1961 by the Robert Earl McConnell Foundation to recognize a Carolina faculty member who, through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing and scholarship, has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson. UNC faculty members nominate candidates for the honor, which carries a cash prize. A faculty committee chooses the recipient.

Chancellor Holden Thorp will present the award Friday (Sept. 16) at the Faculty Council meeting.

Sheldon is the Zack D. Owens Distinguished Professor of Surgery and former chair of Carolina’s surgery department.

“Dr. Sheldon’s career has been particularly unique in its record of national leadership. He is one of fewer than 20 surgeons in the last 100 years to have held the post of president or chair of every major surgical organization in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Meyer, Colin G. Thomas Jr. Distinguished Professor and chair of surgery, said in nominating Sheldon.

“His achievements and repute in the fields of education, health policy, surgery, workforce planning and management, national service and scholarship are eclipsed only by his love for his family, his patients and students of all ages,” Meyer said.

For more about Sheldon, see http://gazette.unc.edu/archives2/11sep14/file.2.html. See original story here.