Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, vice-chancellor for human health sciences; dean, University of California (UC) Davis School of Medicine; and Past-Chair, American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, and former President of the Society for Vascular Surgery was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) on April 22.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Freischlag has led education and training programs at medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Dr. Freischlag also has more than 25 years of experience leading patient care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery.
Dr. Freischlag currently oversees UC Davis Health System’s academic, research, and clinical programs, including the School of Medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, the 1,000-member physician practice group, and UC Davis Medical Center, a 619-bed acute care hospital. Before joining UC Davis, she served as professor and chair, surgery department, and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD. At Johns Hopkins, she led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program, and enhance academic career paths for faculty.
Established in 1505, the RCSEd is among the world’s oldest surgical organizations, and admittance into its fellowship is based on professional prominence. With a worldwide membership, the RCSEd pursues excellence and advancement in surgical and dental practice via education, training, and examinations.