Biomedical Engineering Society Honors Health Center VP

<p>Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D. is a nationally prominent orthopedic surgeon, professor and administrator. He joined the UConn Health Center on August 11,2008 as its new vice president for health affairs and is the seventh dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Photo by Michael Bailey</p>
Dr. Cato T. Laurencin. Photo by Michael Bailey

Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, vice president for health affairs at the University of Connecticut Health Center and dean of the medical school, has been elected a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

The BMES bestows this honor in recognition of outstanding contributions and achievements in biomedical engineering.

Laurencin, who also is the Van Dusen Endowed Chair Professor in Academic Medicine and is Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chemical, Biomolecular and Materials Engineering at the University of Connecticut, is one of 15 biomedical engineers to be inducted in a formal ceremony at the BMES Annual Meeting Oct. 7 in Austin, Texas.

“They represent some of the most imaginative and distinguished biomedical engineers in the field,” says Nicholas A. Peppas, chair of the BMES Fellows Committee. “Their contributions have had a major impact in biomedical devices and processes, treatment of diseases, and all aspects of biomedical engineering that contribute to improvement of the quality of life of patients.”

The newly elected fellows were nominated by their peers.

“It is truly an honor to be so recognized and to be included in such a prestigious group that includes some of our nation’s most outstanding scientists,” says Laurencin.

More information about the Biomedical Engineering Society is available on the society’s website.