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Rajabrata Sarkar, MD, PhD Succeeds Stephen Bartlett, MD as the Barbara Baur Dunlap Professor of Surgery

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

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 Dean Reece and Dr. Bartlett presented Dr. Sarkar with a plaque to commemorate his professorship.
 

An investiture ceremony was held on October 6, 2009 to present Rajabrata Sarkar, MD, PhD, with the Barbara Baur Dunlap Professorship in Surgery. Dr. Sarkar takes over the professorship from Stephen Bartlett, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Surgery.

"An endowed professorship is indicative of superior performance in the classroom, the laboratory and in the clinical setting," said Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA of Dr. Sarkar’s honor. "In the world of academia, endowed professorships are a coveted and universally recognized accolade, signaling a colleague at the top of his or her field."

 “I am grateful to the University of Maryland School of Medicine for recognizing the value of the clinician scientist,” said Dr. Sarkar. I see this as a place where both clinical excellence and research success are valued and celebrated. This professorship was a key element in bringing me here, and I am very proud to receive this honor.”

 

The Barbara Baur Dunlap Professorship in Surgery was established in 2002 by Andrew Baur, chairman of Southwest Bank of St. Louis and a part-owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, who was a transplant patient of Dr. Bartlett’s. The professorship was named in honor of Mr. Baur’s sister, who donated the kidney that saved his life. “Gratitude is not a big enough word to describe my debt to Dr. Bartlett and this university,” said Baur.

“This professorship given to the department in honor of my sister is small thanks for what you all have given to me. For the last 10 years, I’ve been able to enjoy time with friends, see my grandchildren grow up, and live a productive life. I am extremely appreciative of that.”

 

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 Dr. Sarkar was also given a medal with his professorship's name on it, to wear at formal ceremonies.
 
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 Mr. Baur was presented with a medal as well, honoring his generous gift.
 




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 Dr. Sarkar's wife, daughters, parents and brother joined in celebrating his accomplishment.
 


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 Mentors of Dr. Sarkar also joined in the ceremony, including Clinton Webb, PhD (far right), Gerald Zelenock, MD (second from right) and Louis Messina, MD (second from left).