Dr. Ladd was also a great teacher, and many of his trainees in Boston went on to revolutionize the pediatric surgical field. Chief among his protégés was the lecture’s namesake, Robert E. Gross, MD. As the first to successfully operate on the major vessels near the heart and the person who established the foundation for peripheral vascular surgery, Dr. Gross influenced pediatric surgery, but also cardiology and general surgery as well. He was “saving whole children who had never been saved before,” according to Dr. Randolph.
Dr. Randolph featured other major influences, including:
- Lucian Leape, MD, who conceived the American Pediatric Surgical Association, and essentially brought the society into being.
- Judah Folkman, MD, who helped bring the practice of research to the pediatric surgical specialty.
- Kathryn Anderson, MD, the first woman and first pediatric surgeon elected president of the American College of Surgeons.
Later this week, the Institute will award the first-ever Sheikh Zayed Institute Award for Innovation in Pediatric Surgery to the most innovative abstract presented at the APSA Annual Meeting, in support of continued innovation in pediatric surgery practice.