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Dr. James A. Vosswinkel Named First Endowed Professor of Trauma Surgery

Dr. James A. Vosswinkel Named First Endowed Professor of Trauma Surgery

Investiture Ceremony honors the physician and trauma team’s care of patient Lillian Schneider

Dr. James A. Vosswinkel, second from left, was honored as the inaugural Lilian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at an investiture ceremony. From left: Dr. Kenneth Kaushansky, Senior VP of Health Sciences and Dean of the School Medicine; Lilian Schneider; and Stony Brook University President Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Jr.

Stony Brook, NY, September 14, 2017 – James A. Vosswinkel, MD, Chief of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care, and Medical Director of the Stony Brook Trauma Center and Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Stony Brook Medicine, was named the inaugural Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at a Stony Brook University investiture ceremony on September 7, 2017.

The new endowed professorship position was created by Mrs. Lillian Schneider in memory of her late husband Leonard Schneider and in grateful recognition of the care she received from Dr. Vosswinkel.  In 2016, Schneider was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital’s emergency department after a serious automobile accident in Montauk.  

“Chairs and professorships are one of the most prestigious and permanent investments that can be made at any university,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, “They are considered the hallmark of a great institution and give the University a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining hard-to-find specialists.”

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, Senior Vice President of Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine, said the endowed professorship is a fitting commendation of Dr. Vosswinkel’s leadership in trauma and surgical critical care.

“When I think of Dr. James Vosswinkel,” said Kaushansky, “one word comes to mind: dedication. He embodies energetic, driven leadership in the relentless pursuit of a world-class trauma system for Suffolk County.”

During the ceremony, Dr. Vosswinkel acknowledged the trauma leadership team at Stony Brook Medicine and expressed his gratitude to Lillian Schneider and her family. He said that due to the Schneiders’ generosity, the research efforts designed to further advance trauma care at Stony Brook will continue in perpetuity.

“The professorship will have a profound effect on advancing our mission,” said Dr. Vosswinkel, “including programs training EMT volunteers, lifesaving hemorrhage control training in public school districts and other community outreach programs.”

Dexter A. Bailey Jr., senior vice president for University Advancement, said Lillian Schneider represents the best of those who support Stony Brook: friends who share in the University’s core values, believe in its purpose and are inspired by its potential.

“Thanks to Lillian Schneider, Stony Brook will continue to attract the very best in trauma medicine faculty,” he said.

There are currently 45 endowed faculty across the campus of Stony Brook University. One of the goals of the University’s $600 million Campaign for Stony Brook is to create a total of 100 endowed faculty positions by June 30, 2018.   

For more information, see this link about endowed faculty positions at Stony Brook. 


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