Steven Strasberg, MD, the Pruett Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, received the prestigious Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care from the American Surgical Association (ASA) on April 19 in Phoenix during the group’s annual meeting.
Strasberg was lauded for developing the “Critical View of Safety” in laparoscopic gallbladder removal procedures. The approach increases patient safety by allowing surgeons to identify more clearly the cystic duct and cystic artery during operations. During the award ceremony, ASA’s president-elect, E. Christopher Ellison, MD, said the procedure is “without question one of the most important contributions in general surgery.”
Strasberg’s Critical View of Safety has helped to reduce bile duct injuries — and, as a result, deaths and disabilities — caused by misidentification of the cystic duct and cystic artery during surgery. His procedure is taught in general surgery training programs worldwide and has become a standard of care.