Drs. A. Brent Eastman, Michael Sinclair
named UCSF Alumni of the Year
A. Brent Eastman, MD, FACS, a general, vascular, and trauma surgeon from San
Diego, CA, and a Past-President of the American College of Surgeons, was one
of two Fellows who received the University of San Francisco (UCSF) Medical
Alumni Association’s 2016 Alumni of the Year awards at the 50th reunion of
the UCSF School of Medicine. Michael C. Sinclair, MD, FACS, Allentown, PA, a
retired cardiothoracic surgeon, mountain climber, and author of a memoir,
No Regrets, No Apologies, also was honored. Alumni Association president Yao
Heng, MD, San Francisco, presented the awards to the two 1966 alumni at
an April 9 dinner with UCSF Medical School dean Talmadge King, Jr., MD.
Dr. Eastman is a former corporate senior vice-president and chief
medical officer of Scripps Health, N. Paul Whittier Endowed Chair of
Trauma at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, and clinical professor
of surgery-trauma at the University of California, San Diego. He is a
founder of the San Diego County Trauma System, which is now in its
32nd year and regarded worldwide as a model for trauma care.
Dr. Eastman’s efforts in trauma took him around the world. He was part of
a team that cared for thousands of evacuees after Hurricane Katrina in New
Orleans, LA, in 2005, and assisted earthquake victims in Haiti in 2010. He
has assisted in the development of extensive trauma systems internationally,
Dr. Sinclair has volunteered for a number of international humanitarian missions in Croatia,
Guatemala, Jordan, Pakistan, Libya, and Nigeria and is currently on a two-year tour to provide
surgical care and training in Rwanda.
The Alumni of the Year award is regarded as the highest honor bestowed by the UCSF Medical
Alumni Association. Each year, alumni from all classes nominate fellow classmates who have
demonstrated dedication to the principles of a physician, made significant contributions to medicine,
and provided community service. ♦
William C. Chapman, MD, FACS, in the presidential address at the 2015 annual meeting of
the Western Surgical Society, talks about the major shift in general surgical training over
the last 20 years, and what are likely changes in surgical training in the future.
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