Penn State College of Medicine Alumni Update

Robert Rege Med'75

Receives Alumni Fellow Award


Robert V. Rege Med’75, ’82R, the Hall and Mary Lucile Shannon Distinguished Chair in Surgery, and professor and chairman in the department of surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center in Dallas, will be presented the Penn State Alumni Association's most prestigious award when he receives Alumni Fellow recognition at University Park on October 13, 2010.

The Alumni Fellow Award has been presented since 1973 and is given to alumni who are leaders in their professional fields. As part of the award’s process, recipients are invited to return to campus and share their expertise with students, faculty, and administrators. Rege will visit the Medical Center during Alumni Weekend on October 1 and 2 and will serve as the featured speaker at Convocation.

He began his career at Northwestern University School of Medicine practicing gastrointestinal surgery and became a professor in 1996. Rege was recruited to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 1998 to serve as chairman of the division of gastrointestinal and endocrine surgery. In 2000, he was named interim chairman of the department of surgery and became department chairman in 2001.

For more than 20 years, Rege has studied the pathogenesis of gallstone formation with funding by the Veterans Administration (VA) Merit Reward Program. With an ongoing interest in medical education, Rege has authored more than 130 publications and given 100 lectures sharing his research findings.

Under Rege’s leadership of the UTSW surgical residency program, an average of 97 percent of graduates pass the American Board of Surgery exam. Rege credits the Southwestern Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery and its unique educational research opportunities with helping prepare UTSW graduates.

Rege serves on several editorial boards and is a past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the North Texas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He serves on the ACS Program for the Accreditation of Education Institutes and the ACS Board of Governors.

Life members of the Penn State Alumni Association, Rege and his wife, Gloria Mitchell Rege ’71, live in Dallas, TX, and have three grown children.

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