Valentine appointed chair of vascular surgery

By LaKisha Ladson / October-November 2010

Dr. Rawson James “Jim” Valentine has been appointed chairman of the Division of Vascular Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Robert Rege, chairman of surgery, said the appointment follows a nationwide search started in 2009 when Dr. G. Patrick Clagett announced his intention to retire this year. Dr. Valentine’s significant positions in national organizations and his work as director of the general surgery residency program at UT Southwestern made his selection a win-win from every angle, Dr. Rege said.

Dr. Jim Valentine

“For 15 years, Dr. Valentine has administered the largest surgical residency program in the United States and has distinguished the program by maintaining greater than 97 percent general surgery board pass rates – one of the highest in the country,” he said. “In fact, as vice chairman for education in the Department of Surgery, he supervised all education programs, including medical student education, residency training and continuing medical education for practicing physicians in our department.”

Dr. Valentine said the division is known for excellence in patient care, outstanding clinical research and superior training. He said the medical center’s new clinical emphasis and hospital “set the stage for the division to become a top-tier program utilizing cutting-edge technology and advanced expertise in open and endovascular surgery.”

After earning his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Dr. Valentine completed his general surgery residency and vascular surgery fellowship at UT Southwestern in 1986. Upon completing a four-year tour of active duty in the Navy, Dr. Valentine returned to the medical center as an assistant professor in 1990. He became a tenured professor in 1999.

“Over the past 25 years, Dr. Clagett has built a nationally recognized Division of Vascular Surgery. Under his leadership, the division has become well-known for excellence in patient care, outstanding clinical research and superior training,” Dr. Rege said. “We thank him for his many years of service to UT Southwestern and welcome Dr. Valentine to his new leadership position. His clinical, administrative and educational experience over the past 20 years bodes well for the growth of vascular programs at UT Southwestern.”

Dr. Valentine’s accolades include receiving the national Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award for 2009, given by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and the Laycock-Snyder Faculty Teaching Award.

“It is wonderful to work with the other members of the division, each of whom has extraordinary surgical skills and expertise,” Dr. Valentine said. “It also is gratifying to be able to continue working with Dr. Rege, who has been wonderfully supportive during my time as residency program director and during the recruiting process.”

Dr. Rege holds the Hall and Mary Lucile Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery.

Dr. Valentine holds the Alvin Baldwin Jr. Chair in Surgery.