Dr. Paul Severson Receives SAGES Award

Arnold P. Gold Foundation - SAGES
Award for Excellence in Humanistic Clinical Care Presented by: David Rattner, MD, Awards Committee Chair
Recipient: Paul Severson, MD

SAGES has once again teamed up with the Arnold P. Gold Foundation, honoring practicing physicians who best demonstrate the ideals of compassionate and respectful care for a patient’s physical and emotional well-being. This award is designated for a clinician who is recognized by the surgical/GI community for excellence in patient care and surgical practice and is granted for significant surgical-endoscopic skills, patient care, contributions to community and volunteerism.

Dr. Severson is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Minnesota Institute for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Director of the Minnesota Reflux and Heartburn Center and Program Director for Advanced GI MIS/Bariatric and Flexible Endoscopy Fellowship. Dr. Severson is member of SAGES Global Affairs committee, facilitating the Global Surgical Curriculum, which provides SCORE-based tele-education on a regular basis to the residents, faculty and private practice surgeons of Haiti.

Dr. Severson has spent over 30 years educating surgeons and medical professionals on every level imaginable in the U.S. and abroad. Even more impressive than that is that Dr. Severson is the Founder and CEO of Project Haiti. Through this effort, he has personally made over 70 trips to the poorest country in the world, with the sole purpose of teaching laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery. He played a huge role in building a state-of the-art hospital with full minimally invasive surgery capabilities in a town that rarely has running water or power. Not only did he build it, but he taught the people there how to use it. Over the years, he has successfully put on laparoscopic workshops that have allowed people in the poorest country in the world to enjoy the benefits of minimally invasive surgery. The most incredible thing about Dr. Severson though is that he has made all of these incredible contributions to the education of others very quietly, without seeking reward or recognition. He does it because he loves it. He lives for it. His teaching knows no boundaries, and includes medical students, residents, fellows, attendings, in a classroom setting, in the OR, on the podium, in a meeting, on a teleconference, and in the poorest country in the entire world in a building with no power. His dedication is truly inspiring.

SAGES gratefully acknowledges support by The Arnold P. Gold Foundation

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