Our AVAS Heritage
Lloyd S. Rogers, M.D.
Lloyd S. Rogers, M.D. was born in Waukegan, Illinois in 1914. Dr. Rogers was a veteran, having served in the Army in World War II. He graduated from Trinity College and the University of Rochester Medical School in 1941. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery and became a fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1952. He became faculty at the SUNY Upstate Medical and the first Chief of Surgery at the Syracuse VA in 1953 where he remained for his entire career. Dr. Rogers was named Professor of Surgery in 1965 and for years held leadership positions simultaneously at both the Syracuse VA and the SUNY Upstate Health Science Center. He was acting chair (1967-1970) and chief of general surgery (1967-1977) until stepping down from his position at the VA in 1981. He earned the respect and affection of countless students, residents and faculty for nearly 50 years at SUNY Upstate where he continuously stressed the humanistic side of patient care. In 1999, Dr. Rogers was honored with the creation of the first endowed professorship in surgery at SUNY Upstate. Dr. Rogers was a founding member of the AVAS and our first president (1967-1968). Dr. Rogers faithfully attended and blessed our meeting for 32 years, and engaged every member who attended the meeting with friendship, mentorship and good will. Dr. Rogers died peacefully on May 29, 2001.
Paul H. Jordan, M.D.
Paul H. Jordan, Jr. was the ninth president of the AVAS from 1976-1977. He studied science and medicine at the University of Chicago. He completed his surgical internship and residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, University of Illinois and Hines VA Hospital. Dr. Jordan served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1946 through 1948. He then joined UCLA as a clinical instructor and then as assistant professor. He moved to Houston in 1964 where he joined Baylor College of Medicine as a professor of surgery. At the Houston VA Hospital where he practiced, Dr. Jordan made great advancement in treatment of peptic ulcer disease. He also was the first surgeon to perform direct surgery for atherosclerosis in the United States when he performed a femoro-popliteal bypass using a vein graft in the early 1950s. He was one of the first to perform the Whipple procedure for chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Jordan was a well-published author as well as a pioneer in surgery. He published close to 200 peer-reviewed articles in many scientific journals during his career. Dr. Jordan was the recipient of the AVAS Distinguished Service Award in 1979. The Houston Surgical Society honored Dr. Jordan in 1989 when they presented him with the Distinguished Houston Surgical Award. Dr. Jordan is a true pioneer in surgery. He is retired from surgery and currently lives in Houston.
Shukri F. Khuri, M.D.
Dr. Shukri F. Khuri was born in Jerusalem, and fled with his parents to Syria and then to Beirut, Lebanon. He later attended the American University of Beirut (AUB), graduating with distinction from college and medical school. He completed his surgical residency at the AUB hospital in Beirut, training in research at John Hopkins Hospital, and cardiac surgery at the Mayo Clinic. He was recruited in 1976 to the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration (VA) surgical service, where he soon expanded the surgical research laboratory and became a major contributor in the field of cardiac surgery. Two years later, he ascended to the role of chief of cardiac surgery, and in 1984, became chief of surgery for the next twenty years. Under his leadership the cardiac surgery program became the largest in the VA system and the first program in any specialty to be designated a program of excellence by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Khuri’s crowning achievement came in 1994 where along with a larger multidisciplinary team of collaborators, the landmark NSQIP (National Surgical Quality Improvement Project) became a reality within the VA. This project was the first validated, outcome-based, risk adjusted, and peer controlled program for the measurement and improvement of the quality of surgical care. The NSQIP was adopted by the American College of Surgeons in 2001, and has now extended to numerous hospitals in the private sector. Dr. Khuri was a regular attendee of many AVAS meetings and his presentations in both basic science and quality of care still resonate today. He was a master clinician, an inspiring teacher, and a prolific researcher and innovator. Dr. Khuri passed away peacefully at the age of 65 on September 26, 2008.