Ben Rush
Benjamin F. Rush, MD, 1987
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The Department of Surgery is committed to its mission – providing exceptional, patient and family centered surgical care, innovative education and training for the next generation of surgeons, and the advancement of surgical science across the spectrum of basic, translational, and health services research.

Dr. Benjamin F. Rush, Jr., founded The Department of Surgery at New Jersey Medical School in 1969. Dr. Rush passed away on February 22, 2013 and the department was given the responsibility to carry on his extraordinary legacy and remain dedicated to the Department of Surgery’s mission.

This year will be our Third Annual Benjamin F. Rush, Jr., M.D. symposium and gala. In past years, with help from our wonderful donors, we have achieved an endowement in Dr. Rush's name, under which we have been able to begin a fellowship program and have plans for much, much more. This year, the gala benefits The New Jersey Trauma Center Survivorship Program at University Hospital in Newark.

A traumatic injury is life-altering in so many ways. Coping with it goes on long after the crisis is over. Understanding the need for a holistic approach, The New Jersey Trauma Center offers resources and programs for suvivors, families, and friends to support one another as they resume their lives.

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Dr. Kenneth Swan

A beloved and highly respected faculty member at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Swan unexpectedly passed away on March 22, 2014. We will always remember his dedication to education and his love of surgery.

Throughout his years at New Jersey Medical School, Dr. Swan contributed to the School in so many ways, including serving as Chief of the Section of General Surgery for more than two decades, Director of Surgery, first at Martland Medical Center and then at University Hospital, and Director of the Surgical Residency Program for 16 years. At the time of his passing, Dr. Swan served as the Director of the Surgery Clerkship, a position he held for the past several years. A day before his passing, Dr. Swan participated in the NJMS Match Day celebration, one of the most memorable moments in a medical student’s life. Dr. Swan exhibited a dedication and a passion for our students that is rarely witnessed, and those who encountered Dr. Swan were indeed enriched by knowing and working with him. He was loved by the faculty, students and staff at New Jersey Medical School. Many expressed shock of the news of his passing, having participated the day before in our Match Day festivities.

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NJ Trauma Center

University Hospital is the clinical partner and teaching hospital for Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Its Foundation supports outreach programming like the trauma survivorship program in the greater Newark area.

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UH Foundation

We appreciate your thoughtful consideration of a gift in support of the Department of Surgery at New Jersey Medical School.