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Pruitt is new president of American Surgical Association (8-12-99)

Basil A. Pruitt Jr., M.D., clinical professor of surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is the new president of the American Surgical Association (ASA). He was installed during the association's 119th Annual Meeting, held earlier this year in San Diego, Calif.

"The presidency of the American Surgical Association is the highest honor one can achieve in American surgery," said John L. Cameron, M.D., ASA secretary, in a letter announcing Dr. Pruitt's appointment. The ASA, established in 1878, is the oldest surgical association in the United States.

For many years Dr. Pruitt was commander and director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research (ISR), which operates the world-renowned Army Burn Center in San Antonio. Military personnel and others worldwide are transferred to the center for specialized and innovative burn treatment.

"This is an unexpected honor that recognizes the fruitful collaboration existing between the ISR and the Health Science Center," he said. "I share this honor enthusiastically with the people of both institutions."

Contact: Will Sansom