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Department of Surgery Diversity Lecture

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center is one of the leading academic medical centers in the world, formed by two independent but interconnected entities: NewYork-Presbyterian, a teaching hospital; and Weill Cornell Medical College, the medical school of Cornell University.  NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory and preventive care in all areas of medicine, and is committed to excellence in patient care, education, research and community service.NewYork-Presbyterianhas been ranked the #1 hospital in the New York metropolitan area since 1999 and #6 among the best academic medical institutions in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.


The Department of Surgery at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian has a long tradition of surgical excellence and innovation. Under the direction of Dr. Fabrizio Michelassi, the Lewis Atterbury Stimson Professor & Chairman and Surgeon-in-Chief, since 2004, the Surgery Department has grown to 66 full-time faculty members in eight divisions. These include: General Surgery; Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Dentistry; Pediatric Surgery and Pediatric Trauma; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Transplantation Surgery; Trauma, Burns, Critical & Acute Care; Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and Surgical Research. General Surgery, the largest division, is composed of eight sections: Breast Surgery; Colon & Rectal Surgery; Endocrine Surgery; Gastrointestinal, Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgical Oncology, GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and Hepatobiliary and Liver Transplantation Surgery. The Department houses fully accredited residency programs in General Surgery, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, General Dentistry and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and offer surgery fellowship programs in Burn Surgery, Colon & Rectal Surgery, Endocrine Surgery, Advanced Gastrointestinal Minimally Invasive Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Vascular & Endovascular Surgery.


This Diversity Lecture was established last year by the Department of Surgery

as a reminder of the importance of a culture of inclusiveness, diversity and equality in our academic department. Although this mission is well carried out by the Weill Cornell Medicine Office of Faculty Diversity in Medicine and Science at the Institutional level, by instituting this lectureship, the Department of Surgery wants to stress the importance of a culture of inclusiveness through recruitment, mentoring, promotion, retention and selection for leadership roles to develop and sustain diversity among residents, staff and faculty in surgery.


Henri R. Ford, MD, MHA, FACS, FAAP

2017Diversity Lecturer


Dr. Henri R. Ford is Vice President and Chief of Surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Vice Dean of Medical Education, Professor and Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Surgery at Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California since 2005. Dr. Ford received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs, cum laude, from Princeton University in 1980. He received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1984. Dr. Ford completed his internship and residency in general surgery at New York Hospital in 1991. He then completed a two year clinical fellowship in pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1993. He joined the faculty at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh through 2005. In 2009, Dr. Ford received his masters of health administration (MHA) degree from the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California.


Dr. Ford is an active member of numerous prestigious surgical societies and has served as a past President of the Association for Academic Surgery, Society for Black Academic Surgeons and the Surgical Infections Society. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Surgical Association. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at CHLA and a member of the Board of Directors of the CHLA Medical Group. He is also currently on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University and on the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. 


Dr. Ford is the author of more than 450 publications, book chapters, invited manuscripts, abstracts and presentations. He has demonstrated exceptional leadership in pediatric surgery and has conducted definitive studies on pediatric trauma in the U.S. and his investigative studies have generated new insights into the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis, the most common and lethal disorder affecting the gastrointestinal tract of newborn infants. His research has been funded by the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the National Trauma Registry for Children and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Ford has been an invited lecturer both nationally and internationally. He serves as a reviewer for several surgical journals and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Surgery as well as the Journal of Trauma


Dr. Ford has received numerous honors and awards including the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award from the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Ford is an important role model for medical students, residents, fellows and colleagues. 


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