Inaugural UT talk to focus on history of medicine, surgery

September 30, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Tobin J. Klinger

As the national debate over health care reaches a fever pitch in the halls of Congress, a classroom on The University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus will be home to a discussion about the history of medicine and surgery that will help provide context to the political conversation.



On Monday, Oct. 5, at 5 p.m. in Health Education Room 100, UT will host the inaugural S. Amjad Hussain Visiting Lectureship in the History of Medicine and Surgery. The talk, “Surgery of the Heart,” will be presented by Dr. Jeffrey P. Gold, UT provost, executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine.

“The only way to fully understand the practice of medicine and surgery as it exists in the present is to know the path it has traversed to reach this point. It is by examining the past that we understand the present and chart a coherent course for the future,” said Dr. S. Amjad Hussain, professor emeritus in surgery in the College of Medicine. “It is our hope that the lessons explored during this annual lectureship will help to better inform present-day issues related to health-care delivery.”

“I am honored to have been asked by Dr. Hussain to serve as the inaugural speaker,” Gold said. “In our journey toward excellence, an examination of the past is key, and it is my hope to provide a forum that is a benefit to our students, faculty, staff and community at large.”

In the first of what will become an annual event, Gold will explore the evolution of heart-related care and draw parallels to the debate raging today in Washington, D.C.

“The timing of this event could not be better,” Gold noted. “We are in the midst of a national conversation on what is perhaps the single most important issue Americans face today. It is my hope that this event can help better contextualize the conversation.”

“It is entirely appropriate that this event come under the name of Dr. S. Amjad Hussain,” said UT President Lloyd Jacobs. “He has deep interest in history, and as a teacher and a physician, he has brought that extra dimension to his students and colleagues.”

Over the course of his career, Hussain has served as president of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, Toledo Surgical Society, the Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America and the Khyber Medical College Alumni Association. He currently serves on the UT Board of Trustees and the board of WGTE Public Media.

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