Interview of Dr. Bruce Gewertz, with Dr. Ali Azizzadeh and Dr. Ben Pearce

We are very excited to have Dr. Bruce Gewertz on the pod today, with guest hosts Dr. Ali Azizzadeh and Dr. Ben Pearce. We discuss Dr. Gewertz’s career as a surgeon-scientist, with an emphasis on the importance of emotional intelligence and the leadership lessons he has learned along the way.


Dr. Gewertz (@jackgiraffe1) is the H and S Nichols Distinguished Chair, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Vice President, Interventional Services at Cedars-Sinai Health System. Prior to his tenure at Cedars-Sinai, he spent 25 years at the University of Chicago, the last 14 of which as the Dallas Phemister Chair of the Department of Surgery. He also served as the inspiration for Harrison Ford’s character, Dr. Richard Kimble, in the Academy Award nominated 1993 movie classic, “The Fugitive”, starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones. 


Dr. Ali Azizzadeh (@DrAliAzizzadeh)is a Professor and Director of the Division of Vascular Surgery at Cedars-Sinai, Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery, Associate Director, Smidt Heart Institute, and Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. Before being recruited by Dr. Gewertz to join the staff at Cedars-Sinai in 2017, he served as Professor and Chief of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and the Memorial Hermann Heart and Vascular Institute in Houston, TX.

Dr. Ben Pearce (@HawkeyeBJP) is the William D. Jordan, Jr. Endowed Professor of Vascular Surgery and Program Director of the Vascular Training Programs at the University of Alabama-Birmingham.   Dr. Pearce completed his general surgery residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals where he was mentored by today's guest. He even wore Dr. Richard Kimble's loupes as an intern! He then completed his fellowship at UAB in Vascular Surgery and was an assistant professor at UT Health before returning to Birmingham to take on his current position. He is pleased to count Dr. Gewertz as a trusted mentor, but, more importantly, dear friend for the past 22 years


Learn more about Dr. Gewertz here: https://brucegewertzmd.com/about/

Selected videos and publications by Dr. Gewertz


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    Hisham Bassiouny (Monday, 10 October 2022 12:13)

    What a superlative discussion with an iconoclastic surgical leader and scholar. Was truly riveting and embodies the trials and tribulations of our profession. Thank you all for bringing this to the fore.