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Stony Brook University Trauma Medicine Doctor Named As Inaugural Endowed Professor

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James A. Vosswinkel, MD, Invested as First  “Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery”  at Stony Brook University Ceremony

Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery Investiture honoring James A. Vosswinkel, MD (L to R: Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, senior vice president of health sciences and dean of the School of Medicine; James A. Vosswinkel, MD, Stony Brook surgeon and trauma medicine physician; Lillian Schneider; and Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr.).

Stony Brook surgeon and trauma medicine physician James A. Vosswinkel, MD, was named the Lillian and Leonard Schneider Endowed Professor in Trauma Surgery at an 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 Vosswinkel. In 2016, Schneider was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital’s emergency department after a serious automobile accident in Montauk.

Endowed faculty positions, said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., give the University a competitive edge in recruiting and retaining hard-to-find specialists.

“Chairs and professorships are one of the most prestigious and permanent investments that can be made at any university,” he said, “and they are considered the hallmark of a great institution.”

Kenneth Kaushansky, MD, MACP, senior vice president of health sciences and School of Medicine dean, said the endowed professorship is a fitting commendation of Dr. Vosswinkel’s leadership in trauma and surgical critical care. “When I think of 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.”

In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Vosswinkel acknowledged the trauma leadership team at Stony Brook Medicine and expressed his gratitude to Lillian Schneider and her family.

Moreover, he said thanks to the Schneiders’ generosity, the research efforts designed to further advance the trauma care at Stony Brook will continue in perpetuity. “The professorship will have a profound effect on advancing our mission,” said 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.

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