Madhulika G. Varma M.D. was recently awarded the Maurice Galante, MD Distinguished Professorship in Surgical Oncology, recognizing her achievements and professional development in general surgery.
The Professorship honors the late Maurice Galante, M.D., UCSF professor emeritus of surgery. Dr. Galante was described as “one of the last of a generation of real general surgeons”— those surgeons who bring the same superb technical expertise to a wide variety of surgical procedures. He developed a special relationship with his patients because of his sensitivity to their pain and suffering. Many of these patients expressed their gratitude through donations to support several programs in the Department of Surgery, including the Maurice Galante, MD Distinguished Professorship and the Maurice Galante Lecture.
Dr. Varma, a colorectal surgeon and surgical oncologist, is Professor and Chief of the Section of Colorectal Surgery, Division of General Surgery, in the Department of Surgery. She is also Director of the UCSF Center for Pelvic Physiology.