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MAYO CLINIC HOSTS 3rd LARRY H. HOLLIER VISITING PROFESSOR AND NAMESAKE

New Orleans, LA – The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, one of the most prestigious medical centers in the world, invited Dr. Larry H. Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans, to be part of the third annual Larry H. Hollier Visiting Professorship activities held at Mayo on August 27-29, 2009. The Mayo Clinic established the Larry H. Hollier Visiting Professorship in Vascular Surgery in 2007 to honor Dr. Hollier, who founded the Division of Vascular Surgery at Mayo Clinic.

Each year, a distinguished scholar will be invited to Rochester as the Larry H. Hollier Visiting Professor in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Hollier was the first to be appointed to his namesake professorship and this year’s Larry H. Hollier Visiting Professor is Gregorio A. Sicard, MD, Professor and Chief of the Section of Vascular Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Sicard is a skillful master surgeon of international fame in open vascular surgery and a pioneer in endovascular aortic and carotid reconstructions. He has been consistently named as one of America’s Top Doctors. Dr. Sicard will present a lecture, Impact of Registries to Outcomes Assessment and Improvement in Vascular Surgery, on Saturday, August 29.

A graduate of the LSU School of Medicine, Dr. Hollier joined the faculty and staff at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota in 1980. There, he founded first the Section, then the Division of Vascular Surgery, initiated an accredited Vascular Surgery Training Program and started a Research Program in Vascular Surgery. Dr. Hollier made special contributions to aortic, renal and carotid surgery; he is an expert in thoracoabdominal reconstructions and in research of spinal cord ischemia.

"During the seven years he spent at Mayo, Dr. Hollier had major contributions to vascular surgery," said Peter Gloviczki, MD Professor and Chair, Division of Vascular surgery, and Director of the Gonda Vascular Center at Mayo Clinic. "He established a full clinical program of vascular surgery and was named first Section Head of the Division. He established the Vascular Fellowship Program at Mayo, instituted the Vascular Surgery Research Fellowship program and started an International Vascular Research Fellowship. He also started a multidisciplinary vascular conference that ultimately lead to the establishment of the Mayo Clinic Gonda Vascular Center. Dr. Hollier was honored not just for his qualities as a skillful vascular surgeon and a compassionate physician but also for his visionary leadership and for his accomplishments in education and organization."

At the invitation of Harvard Medical School in the mid 1990s, Dr. Hollier served as the Chair of Surgery and Executive Director of Clinical Affairs at Health Care International Medical Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. In 1996, he was appointed as Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City before being named its President also serving as the Chief Medical Officer of the Center.

In 2004, LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans recruited Dr. Hollier to return to his alma mater as Dean of its School of Medicine. He was named Chancellor in November, 2005. He also continues to practice vascular and endovascular surgery.

Dr. Hollier is certified by the American Board of Surgery in General Surgery and in Vascular Surgery. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Cardiology, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Scotland. He is a member of all major national and many international societies of vascular surgery including the Society for Vascular Surgery.

In addition to being a lecturer on vascular and endovascular surgery, Dr. Hollier is the author of more than 300 journal articles and has served on the editorial boards of 13 surgical journals.

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