Dr. Kenneth A. Forde is the José M. Ferrer Professor Emeritus in Surgery at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons and former Vice Chairman for External Affairs in the Department of Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus. He has recently retired after having been a teacher, researcher and practitioner of surgery for forty five years, chiefly in the area of diseases of the colon. Dr. Forde has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the Townsend Harris Medal from the City College of New York, (for outstanding postgraduate achievement), the Bolmfalk Award for teaching and the Arnold P. Gold Award for Humanism, both from the College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Kenneth A. Forde Professorship in Surgery was established at Columbia University in 1996, honoring his contributions to academic colorectal surgery. Other awards include the Jessie Banks Foundation Humanitarian Award, the Power of Humanity Award in Science and Technology of the Westchester County American Red Cross, the Columbia University Alumni Federation Medal, the Gold Medal for Excellence in Clinical Medicine as well as the Silver Medal for Meritorious Service from the Alumni Association of P&S.
While his extensive bibliography deals mainly in topics of colorectal and minimal access surgery, he has also made contributions to the literature on medical ethics*
He has served on several editorial boards (Surgical Endoscopy, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy), governing boards and as trustee of several professional and lay organizations including: The American College of Surgeons, SAGES, The New York Academy of Medicine, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and Episcopal Social Services (New York).
He is currently a Trustee of Columbia University.
* Herter FP, Forde KA, Lester MC, DeBellis R, Kutscher AH, Selder F: Editors: Human and Ethical Issues in the Surgical Care of Patients with Life ― Threatening Disease. Charles C. Thomas Il, 1986
* Forde KA: Ethical, Legal, and Moral Issues of Advanced Technologies. In “Cybersurgery: Advanced Technologies for Surgical Practice”. Satava RM, Editor: Vol. 1, Chapter 10: 179-187 John Wiley,
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