Doctor initiated into American College of Surgeons

March 16, 2009 | News, UToday
By Staff



Dr. Azedine Medhkour, UT associate professor of surgery, was among 1,189 initiates from around the world who recently became Fellows of the American College of Surgeons.

The scientific and educational organization of surgeons was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the care of the surgical patient. The college is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery and has more than 74,000 members.

An applicant for fellowship must be of an approved medical school; must have completed advanced training in one of the 14 surgical specialties recognized by the college; must possess certification by an American surgical specialty board or appropriate certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada; and must have been in practice in the same geographic location for at least one year at the time of his or her application.

Before admission, the surgeon must further demonstrate ethical fitness and professional proficiency, and his or her acceptance as a Fellow of the college must be approved by three-fourths of its Board of Regents.

Medhkour has a strong professional interest in neurological surgery, with subspecialties in neurotrauma and critical care, spine and cerebrovascular, and neurosurgical oncology.

He holds membership in other professional societies, including the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Medhkour received a medical doctorate in 1977 from the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Algiers. In 2007, he attained certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgeons.

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