The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) launched the Jahnigen Scholars Program: A Model for Faculty Career Development Award (JSP) in 2002. JSP fosters the development of scientists in the surgical and related medical disciplines. SVS Foundation collaborated with AGS in funding the JSP award in 2009 and presented it to SVS member Dr. Rabih Chaer. Dr. Chaer’s research is titled “Effect of Aging and Aortic Wall Behavior as Predictors of Aortic Aneurysm Growth.”
The JSP addresses the need to create a structure of developing leaders in geriatrics, academic surgery, and other related medical disciplines. Working more closely together, JSP supports highly qualified young specialty faculty members to initiate and ultimately sustain a career in research and education in the geriatrics aspects of their discipline. Dr. Chear’s award recognizes the importance of collaboration between the vascular surgery specialty and geriatrics.
This unique award brings together the leaders from 10 specialty societies and geriatricians. Working together has fostered an environment of sharing to improve the health care of American seniors.