October 18, 2007
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Vascular Surgeon James Yao Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
CHICAGO—Vascular surgeon James S. T. Yao, MD, PhD, professor emeritus of surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, has been awarded the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Dr. Yao is noted for his contributions in the area of the vascular laboratory and clinical surgery. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the SVS on one of its members. It recognizes an individual’s outstanding and sustained contributions to the profession and the SVS and honors exemplary professional practice and leadership.
A leading figure in vascular surgery for more than three decades, Dr. Yao was one of the founding members of the Society for Vascular Ultrasound. He also helped establish accreditation for vascular laboratories and taught many vascular surgeons how to establish laboratories and how to use this noninvasive technology to diagnose vascular disease. In 1975, Dr. Yao and former faculty member John J. Bergan, MD, created one of the first vascular surgery fellowship programs in the United States at Northwestern.
Dr. Yao’s published work includes more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, 228 chapters, and 53 books. He has served on the editorial board or as editor of many journals, including the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Asian Journal of Surgery, British Journal of Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery and Journal of Vascular Surgery. He also has served as a member of the National Institutes of Health’s Study Section and as a reviewer for Department of Veterans Affairs Cooperative Studies.