The Medical School Historical Library was the setting for a ceremony marking the appointment of Ronald R. Salem, M.D., as Lampman Professor of Surgery. Salem specializes in surgery for esophageal cancer, hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, retroperitoneal sarcomas and other intra-abdominal malignancies. His research interests include combined modality therapy for esophageal cancer and the management of benign and malignant liver tumors.

Educated in Zimbabwe, Salem earned degrees in medicine and surgery from the University of Rhodesia. He interned at Harare Hospital in Zimbabwe and was an emergency room physician at Guy’s Hospital in London, England, before completing a residency in general surgery at Hammersmith Hospital there. Salem then completed a surgical oncology fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass.

Salem joined the School of Medicine faculty in 1990 as an assistant professor and became an associate professor in 1996. He was appointed full professor in 2005. He was awarded the annual General Surgery Resident Teaching Award multiple times, as well as the Alvan Feinstein Clinical Teaching Award in 2005. He is a member of the medical school’s Society of Distinguished Teachers.

The Lampman professorship was established from a bequest of Leonard Bronk Lampman of the Yale College Class of 1896.