September 22, 1997

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Alan B. Lumsden, MB ChB, associate professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, received the Presidents Award from the Southern Association for Vascular Surgery. The award will be presented at the 22nd Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico in January 1998.

The award was given for an NIH funded paper titled, "Prophylactic Does Not Prolong Patency of Arteriovenous Grafts: Results of a Prospective Study."

Dr. Lumsden received both his bachelor of medical sciences and bachelor of medicine and surgery from the University of Edinburgh, at Emory University in 1989, he interned at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, where he was also a lecturer in the departments of Pathology and Clinical Surgery. He returned to Emory University School of Medicine to complete his research and clinical fellowship. In 1991, he became an assistant professor of surgery, and is now an associate professor in the Department of Surgery at Emory University.

Dr. Lumsden has received many grants to perform research in the areas of subcutaneous saphenous vein harvest, effects of locally infused nonanticoagulant heparin on venous neointimal hyperplasia, thrombosis and vascular lesion formation, as well as the effects of synthetic antithrombin on venous neointima in a dog arteriovenous graft model.

In 1996, Dr. Lumsden was inducted to the membership committee of the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, and was on the program committee for the Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society's annual meeting in Chicago Illinois. He is also a board member for the Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery, Association of VA Surgeons as well as the International Society for Endovascular Surgery. Dr. Lumsden has published and presented articles on his research over 200 times and been an invited speaker both in the U.S. and abroad.

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