U-M’s James C. Stanley wins lifetime achievement award

University of Michigan Health System vascular surgeon James C. Stanley, (M.D. 1964) earned the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS). It’s the highest honor the Society can bestow on a member.

Selection for the honor recognizes an individual’s outstanding and sustained contributions both to the profession and to SVS, as well as exemplary professional practice and leadership.

For more than forty years Stanley has been a leader in vascular surgery, helping to define the specialty and provide outstanding training and education to future surgeons.

He served as the 51st president of the SVS from 1997-98. Before, during, and after his presidency he led the effort to define vascular surgery as a distinct specialty and to improve its training paradigms as the specialty differentiated itself from other surgical specialties. SVS president Richard P. Cambria said Stanley deserves much of the credit for the evolution of vascular surgery training to what it is today.

He was also extremely active in representing vascular surgery through his leadership role in many of the 30 learned scientific and clinical organizations of which he is a member.

Stanley has spent his entire professional career at the University of Michigan where he was the Head of Vascular Surgery and Vascular Surgery Program Director from 1976-2004. He has served as Vice-Chairman of the Department of Surgery during much of his tenure. He joined his alma mater in 1972 as an instructor in surgery, rising to the rank of professor in 1980. He became a Director of the University Cardiovascular Center in 2003.

Throughout his career, he has championed excellence in clinical vascular surgery as well as basic and clinical research. He became internationally renowned as the world’s leading expert in the management of pediatric aortic and visceral artery disease and a leader in defining the pathophysiology and surgical treatment of renovascular hypertension. He is consistently referred patients with difficult and challenging vascular problems from all over the US and other parts of the world.

He has authored more than 500 scholarly articles and textbook chapters, and he has edited ten textbooks on vascular diseases. He served as an Editorial Board member, Associate Editor, and from 1991-1996 was an Editor of the Journal of Vascular Surgery. He was prominent in helping this publication achieve it current day prominence.

Earlier this year, the University of Michigan honored his legendary career with the inauguration of the James C. Stanley Professorship in Vascular Surgery.

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