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Pathways to Cures:
Friday, May 4th, 2018
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2018 Mentor of the Year. This award is given to an exceptional UC Irvine faculty who has shown an outstanding commitment to mentoring, advising, and support of clinical and translational science research
Dr. Widgerow completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of the Witwatersrand South Africa. He was the top surgical graduate at the University of Witwatersrand in 1989. He has held various positions in numerous academic and professional associations including that of President of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive surgery of Southern Africa (APRSSA). He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and was appointed Honorary Professor by the Senate of Wits University in 1999. He is author of over 140 plastic surgical related publications and 2 books. He was editor-in-chief of Wound Healing Southern Africa from 2007-2016. His current fields of interests are medical device innovations, tissue engineering and wound healing. After 20 years in private plastic surgical practice in South Africa, Dr. Widgerow relocated to Irvine California in Dec 2009 to pursue his interests in medical device innovations, topical formulations and wound care, but he still plays an active role in academic surgery world-wide. Dr. Widgerow has developed and licensed multiple products to the US and South African markets and is currently Chief Medical Officer of ALASTIN Skincare, Inc.
In July 2012 he was appointed to the Faculty of the University of California Irvine Plastic Surgery Dept as Professor and Director of the Center for Tissue Engineering (CTE). At CTE, he has developed a multi-staffed laboratory and introduced multiple projects related to adipose derived stem cell functional analysis, adipose decellularized matrix utilization in a range of projects, nanobubble wound healing and transplantation investigation and burn wound mediator analysis. Under his direction, CTE has been awarded multiple grants, won numerous awards and has published widely in the past few years. He spends much of his time teaching and guiding students, both undergraduate and post-graduates. This he undertakes without salary but with great passion.
Join us in celebrating Dr. Widgerow!
The 10th Annual ICTS Awards Dinner
Friday, May 4, 2018