Wangensteen Surgical Alumni Society


Dr. Wangensteen’s educational foundation was built on three major activities: student instruction, patient care, and extension of the borders of medical knowledge (research).

His concepts of training were steeped in the necessity for primary basic science investigation through graduate school enrollment without yearly time constraints.

Dr. Wangensteen’s legacy of developing surgeon scientists was a marked departure from the norm in medical education and clinical practice of the day. The focus on training surgeon-scientists continued under subsequent chairs (John Najarian, M.D., David Dunn, M.D., Selwyn Vickers, M.D. and David A. Rothenberger, M.D.) and is what distinguishes our program from most others.

The Wangensteen Surgical Society is dedicated to continuing this legacy to train the next generation of clinical surgeons, surgeon-scientists and surgeon leaders.

  • Provide opportunities for alumni to maintain and strengthen friendships initially established during residency and fellowship training
  • Promote professional interchange amongst alumni, friends of the department, and current University students, trainees and faculty
  • Keep members informed of our successes, challenges, and opportunities, as well as the groundbreaking research and innovation occurring in our environment
  • Develop financial and other support for Departmental priorities
Engagement Events
  • Annual reception during the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress
  • Alumni reunions during graduation
  • Annual surgical course – Wangensteen Surgical Society research lecture
  • Legacy society luncheon for senior alumni