Robert A. Chase , MD, DSc.

Honored Member Award 1996

The Emile Holman Professor of Surgery and Anatomy, Emeritus. Dr. Chase obtained his BS from the University of New Hampshire in 1945 and his MD from Yale University in 1947. He saw active duty in the United States Army and Navy spanning from 1941-1957, but in nonconsecutive terms. During this same time period Dr. Chase was at Yale in General and Thoracic Surgery. He spent a 1 year commitment at the University of Pittsburgh, in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, in 1957-58. His career highlights include teaching anatomy to medical students over a 40+ year period; founder of Yale Plastic Surgery Section; past Chair, Department of Surgery at Stanford (1963-74); founder of the Division of Hand Surgery (had the Robert A. Chase Hand Center at Stanford dedicated to him in 2002); past President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand; past-president of the National Board of Medical Examiners; past President of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists.

Not only is Dr. Chase an Honored Member of the AACA but he is also an Honored Member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. He was recognized as an outstanding alumnus through the Pettee Award at the University of New Hampshire – his alma mater. He won the Albion Walter Hewlett Award at Stanford University School of Medicine, The Golden Apple Award of the California Medical Association, as well as the Francis Gilman Blake Award at Yale University.

Dr. Chase is the author of over 92 paper in peer-reviewed journals and has been recognized for excellence in teaching many times, at numerous institutions and now has a dedicated interest in research in teaching technology, especially in computer-assisted teaching programs. He has been awarded the Henry J. Kaiser Award for Innovation in Teaching at Stanford University School of Medicine seven times over a span of 1978-1991.