The A.R. Moossa lectureship is given in honor of, and appreciation for the many contributions of Dr. A. R. “ Babs” Moossa who guided the Department of Surgery as its second Chair for twenty years. Dr. Moossa completed his medical school and residency training, with honors, at the University of Liverpool and United Liverpool Hospitals. In 1977, he was awarded a Fellowship in Surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was later recruited to join the faculty at the University of Chicago. In Chicago, he quickly rose to the positions of Professor of Surgery, Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of the General Surgical Service, and Director of Surgical Research. In 1983 Dr. Moossa was appointed as Chair of the UC San Diego Department of Surgery. He was an internationally recognized surgeon in the field of pancreatic diseases and as Chair worked tirelessly to advance the clinical, educational and research missions of the Department and University. Building on the foundation set by our first Chair Dr. Marshall Orloff, Dr. Moossa presided over an era where UC San Diego grew in national and international prestige for the quality of its surgical programs. Many of his faculty and former trainees became leaders of American surgery. Dr. Moossa passed away in 2013 yet his legacy remains as vibrant as when he walked the halls. In light of these contributions, the annual A. R. Moossa lecture honors nationally recognized leaders in the field of surgical education who, like Dr. Moossa, are moving the field forward.
Richard L. Drake, PhD|
Director of Anatomy, Professor of Surgery
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine