How fortunate we are – Alden Harken

Samuel Schecter, Laurel Imhoff & Alden Harken

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Dr. Samuel Schecter
University of California San Francisco
(UCSF) - East Bay Surgery Program

Dr. Laurel Imhoff
UCSF-East Bay Surgery Program

Prof. Alden H. Harken
Professor of Surgery
UCSF-Easy Bay Surgery Program

Sam Schecter is a general surgery resident at the University of California San Francisco-East Bay Surgery Program. Dr Schecter attended medical school at the University of Queensland where he was awarded his MBBS in 2006. Dr. Schecter’s professional interests are in both pediatric and trauma surgery. Currently he is pursuing research interests in developmental pulmonary mechanics, with a particular interest in novel therapies for the lung hypoplasia of congenital diaphragmatic hernia.

Laurel Imhoff is an enthusiastic general surgery resident committed to evidence based practices. During medical school she was captivated by the operating room and the personal rewards of the surgical “hands on” approach to disease. She began a general surgery residency at the University of California at San Francisco-East Bay Program in 2007 where she is currently training today. Her long-term mission is to make a lasting difference in the lives of her patients by providing excellent and compassionate surgical care and to influence surgical practices with skilful outcomes based clinical research.

Professor Alden Harken has been the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at UCSF-East Bay for 28 years. He also served as a Regent of the American College of Surgeons for nine years; but, he is proudest of the teaching awards that he has received at each of the three universities in which he has served on the faculty.

Prof. Alden H. Harken

As students of medicine, you will soon be educationally unique – with a body of knowledge that no one can ever take away from you.

When you receive your MBBS, the society and community in which you live is making a statement of trust in your abilities. With that trust you will be afforded extraordinary privileges and esteem. However, with the esteem and privilege comes the heavy responsibility of your patients’ well-being. You are all remarkably capable – and, remarkably fortunate to be so capable…