Raymond Sawaya, MD, Oral History Interview,The First 50 Years of Surgery at MD Anderson (1945 – 1995), March 12, 2019

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Raymond Sawaya, MD, Oral History Interview,The First 50 Years of Surgery at MD Anderson (1945 – 1995), March 12, 2019

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Description

Major Topics Covered:

  • Division of Surgery: evolution of departments within; resources; leadership of; key figures
  • Division system: value of; support of; impact of; strategic planning
  • Department of Neurosurgery: philosophy of; growth of; technology
  • Surgery at MD Anderson: culture of; evolution of; subspecialization; surgical oncology; training programs; operating rooms

Identifier

SawayaR_01_20190312

Publication Date

3-12-2019

Publisher

Historical Resources Center

City

Houston, Texas

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Oncology | Oral History | Surgery

About the Interview

About the Interview Subject

Dr. Raymond Sawaya (b. 5 May 1949, Latakia, Syria; oral history interview) came to MD Anderson in 1990 to become chair of the Department of Neurosurgery, a role he served until 2018. He created a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary, brain and spinal cord tumor program, with clinical, educational, and research activities. Dr. Sawaya is known for his research into the role that fibrinogen plays in allowing cancer to invade the brain; he has also conducted work on primary and metastatic brain tumors, third ventricle, brain stem and pineal region tumors. He has made strides in enhancing the accessibility and safety of brain tumor surgery. In 2001, Dr. Sawaya formed and headed the Brain Tumor Institute; in 2005 he helped create and became head of a joint program in neurosurgery established with the Baylor College of Medicine. He was interviewed for MD Anderson’s institutional oral history project in 2013. The full interview is available at: https://mdanderson.libguides.com/SawayaR.

Raymond Sawaya, MD, Oral History Interview,The First 50 Years of Surgery at MD Anderson (1945 – 1995), March 12, 2019

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