The Visiting Professor of Surgery Endowment Fund was established in December 2010 by Ronald G. Latimer, MD (Emeritus) and Sansum Clinic to advance educational opportunities of Santa Barbara surgeons. The fund allows a prominent national or international surgeon to be in residence in Santa Barbara for one Surgical Academic Week each year.

Throughout the week, Dr. Cameron will provide hands-on education and lectures to practicing surgeons in town, interact daily with the residents in the surgical training program at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, participate in medical and surgical teaching conferences, and present a lecture for donors to the endowment that is open to the public. Dr. Cameron has a long-standing interest in alimentary tract diseases, and specifically in pancreatic cancer. He has operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and performed more Whipple operations than any other surgeon in the world.

“We are pleased to welcome world-class surgeon Dr. Cameron as our first Visiting Professor and believe this program will create a lasting and meaningful difference for our patients and the medical community,” said Kurt N. Ransohoff, MD, CEO and Medical Director of Sansum Clinic.

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital is the title sponsor of Surgical Academic Week 2012. The weeklong program was made possible through contributions from generous donors of the Sansum Clinic Visiting Professor of Surgery Endowment Fund.

About Sansum Clinic

Sansum Clinic is the largest independent nonprofit healthcare organization between the Los Angeles Basin and the San Francisco Bay Area. With more than 180 affiliated physicians, Sansum Clinic provides the full spectrum of healthcare services, from primary care to more than 30 specialties. Sansum Clinic serves more than 150,000 patients (600,000 visits) annually at our 21 patient care facilities between Carpinteria and Santa Maria. Sansum Clinic can be found online at


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