In Memory of Frank Cole Spencer, MD – “The Boss”
H. Leon Pachter, MD
About My Campaign
Friends and colleagues,
In honor of the life and legacy of Frank Cole Spencer, MD, we hope that you will join us in advancing education and research for residents and faculty in NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery by making a contribution to the Frank Cole Spencer Fund. Your contribution will serve as an extension of Dr. Spencer’s profound commitment to educating the next generation of surgeons and fostering innovation and discovery among surgery residents and faculty at NYU School of Medicine.
Dr. Spencer passed away on July 23, 2018. His storied career as a surgeon included two years in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps during the Korean War, where he saved countless young soldiers from gangrene and amputation through novel artery repair, gaining him Navy’s Legion of Merit Award for exemplary service. As chair of NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery from 1966 to 1998, Dr. Spencer touched the lives and careers of innumerable residents and faculty members as an exemplary surgeon and teacher. Dr. Spencer made education a top priority and received numerous accolades for his teaching, twice earning the Distinguished Teacher Award from NYU School of Medicine. Dr. Spencer once said, "In my professional career, I refused to take a position that didn't involve teaching, because much of my good fortune comes from teachers who cared about me and wanted me to succeed."
Dr. Spencer’s approach to medicine lives on in his trainees, many of whom went on to become surgical chairs throughout the country. His enthusiasm can best be summed up by his American College of Surgeons presidential address in 1990, where he said, “I remain as enthusiastic and excited about the pleasures and opportunities of surgery and medicine as in my early house officer days. My attitude is a blend of confident optimism with pragmatic realism.”
We are deeply indebted to Dr. Spencer for his many contributions to NYU Langone, the Department of Surgery, and the world of medicine. Thank you for honoring Dr. Spencer’s enduring commitment to education and research by supporting the Frank Cole Spencer Fund at the NYU School of Medicine.
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