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Pruitt elected Honorary Fellow of SBAS (5-8-00)

Basil A. Pruitt Jr., M.D., clinical professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and longtime director of Brooke Army Medical Centerís famed burn treatment center, recently was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Black Academic Surgeons (SBAS). The Society recognized Dr. Pruitt for his support of African American surgeons throughout his 40-year military and academic career.

"I was fortunate to serve with a number of outstanding African American surgeons and internists assigned to the Institute of Surgical Research at BAMC during my tenure as commander and director of the ISR, and I like to think I supported them in their academic endeavors," Dr. Pruitt said. He joined the Health Science Center surgery faculty in January 1996 after serving 27 years as head of the ISR.

Dr. Pruitt also supported naming African Americans to the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma and to the board of directors of the American Trauma Society.

He recently delivered the invited keynote lecture at the SBAS Annual Meeting in Los Angeles. The Societyís mission is to provide sustained mentoring of African American medical students, residents and young surgeons.

Contact: Will Sansom