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Professionals : Awards

2010 Jacobson Award Winner - Jack L. Cronenwett, MD


Dr. Cronenwett is Professor of Surgery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. He ran a Vascular Surgery fellowship for many years and was one of the first program directors to initiate an integrated vascular residency where residents are recruited to spend five years in vascular residency just after graduation from medical school. He also served as President of the Association of Program Directors in Vascular Surgery and was responsible for putting together the modern curriculum in the specialty.

Dr. Cronenwett’s mentorship to medical students, general surgery residents,and Vascular Surgery residents and fellows is legendary. His fellows now occupy highly regarded academic positions. He served as President of the Society for Vascular Surgery, among others, in 2003 and led the merger of the two national societies. His foresight led to changing this national society from an annual meeting focused society to an around the year vibrant organization that has been changing the face of the specialty.

He has gone far beyond the field to organize a regional consortium to improve the quality of vascular care in New England. Dr. Cronenwett is now working with the regional and national societies to try to make this effort at improving quality a national one. As a result, vascular care has greatly benefited from the efforts Dr. Cronenwett has made to improve our understanding of the outcomes of vascular interventions.

He is Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the Editor of Rutherford’s Vascular Surgery Textbook, 7th Edition. His research interests involve abdominal aortic aneurysms, outcome analysis, and quality improvement in vascular surgery. Since 2002 he has served as Medical Director of the Vascular Study Group of New England, a regional cooperative quality improvement project involving 25 hospitals in CT, MA, ME, NH, RI and VT. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, books and book chapters, and delivered more than 250 scientific presentations.