The Schwab International Education Fund in Orthopaedic Surgery established

June 7, 2017 MCW News – The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin is pleased to share a special initiative to honor Jeffrey P. Schwab, MD; an extraordinary leader, physician, scientist, and educator.

Dr. Schwab has been closely associated with the Medical College of Wisconsin for almost four decades – beginning when he completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. He joined the faculty in 1978. In 1988, he served as a fellow in AO trauma at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland. Dr. Schwab became Chairman of the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at MCW in 1997 and in 2008 he was named as the first Paul A. Jacobs, MD Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin has long been a national leader in teaching and patient care. Jeffrey P. Schwab, MD served as Chairman for 20 years. In fitting tribute to this distinguished physician and teacher, The Schwab International Education Fund in Orthopaedic Surgery will be a means of permanently identifying the contributions of this outstanding physician.

Having recently stepped down as Chairman, we asked Jeff how he wanted to be remembered. After the usual platitudes, a nice guy, good physician, etc., he shared his passion – the Orthopaedic Surgery Global Health Initiatives. Dr. Schwab asked that we create a legacy fund to ensure our global orthopaedic surgical efforts continue and we invite you to join us in supporting it. The Schwab International Education Fund in Orthopaedic Surgery will allow our missions to not only be sustained but grow. This fund will provide an important legacy for the physicians and scientists of the future, marking Jeffrey P. Schwab, MD’s unwavering commitment to MCW.

Dr. Schwab leads a mission to Nicaragua twice a year, and other faculty also expand our global mission including,  Xue-Cheng Liu, MD, who leads a mission to China, and Gerald Harris, PhD., PE who has gait labs in Columbia, Mexico and the Philippines. This fund will allow our global efforts to continue to thrive and grow.

When Jeff talks about the program, his enthusiam is quite clear. “We have been going since 2002 and now go twice a year. We go to hospitals in Jinotepe and Managua. We also see children at Los Pipitos and Tesoros de Dios, both non-governmental organizations treating children with special needs. We operate on about 50 children and 10 adults per year and see 200 patients in clinic. We have established an excellent relationship with the Nicaraguan orthopaedic surgeons. We have hosted two and soon three Nicaraguan orthopaedic residents for 6-8 weeks. We have had one of the surgeons for two months and, hopefully, another next summer. This exchange has been very valuable for both us and them.”

You can participate in furthering innovation in educational endeavors to train tomorrow’s outstanding physicians and to keep the MCW Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a premier program in the country through your gift to The Schwab International Education Fund. Our gifts will continue to enrich the value of the Orthopaedic Program by providing learning through a broad array of international orthopaedic opportunities.

Please know that your contributions will make a difference and that your participation at any level will be greatly appreciated. To make your gift honoring Dr. Jeff Schwab, go to our online giving site.