A $500,000 gift will fund an endowed plastic surgery professorship at Saint Louis University (SLU), St. Louis. The new professorship will promote the translation of clinical and basic research to patient care through research in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery.
The professorship is made possible by Drs Vasu and Lisa Pandrangi. Bruce Kraemer, MD, the director of plastic and reconstructive surgery at SLU, will become the inaugural holder of the Lisa and Vasu Pandrangi MD and Family Professorship in Plastic Surgery on March 28, 2015. Kramer specializes in adult plastic and reconstructive surgery, wound care, and hand surgical care, and has an interest in regenerative medicine research.
Pandrangi currently serves as chairman of the board, Southwest General Health System, Middleburg Heights, Ohio; a member of the board of trustees of University Hospitals in Cleveland; and chief of plastic surgery at Southwest General Health Center and St. John Medical Center in Cleveland. He completed specialized training in plastic surgery at SLU. During his time in the city, Pandrangi also met his wife Lisa, now a registered nurse and office manager for their medical practice in Westlake, Ohio.
“Throughout my graduate education, I felt strongly that there was a need to develop the infrastructure to facilitate research,” Pandrangi says in a press release. “With this gift, a path can be forged to create that infrastructure in pursuing future research at Saint Louis University in the field of plastic surgery.”