May 10, 2013
Jennifer Hasamear

Orthopaedic Surgery Professor Honored with Endowed Chair

Berton R. Moed, M.D., a professor with the University for 10 years and an alum of the School of Medicine, was awarded with the Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Moed's wife, Jill Moed; Dr. Berton R. Moed, the Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery; and his daughter, Rebecca Moed stand proudly together after the Investiture ceremony.
Berton Moed's wife, Jill Moed; Berton R. Moed, the Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery; and his daughter, Rebecca Moed stand proudly together after the Investiture ceremony. Photo by Jennifer Hasamear

At Saint Louis University, it remains imperative to both attract and retain outstanding faculty, who are recognized scholars and experts in their fields and disciplines.

These faculty members then in turn help students attain the knowledge and skills they need to develop as a whole and provide them the tools needed to transform society.

On Tuesday, Berton R. Moed, M.D. was honored with the Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery during an investiture ceremony held at Il Monastero. The event was attended by several of the University's current endowed chairs and professors, along with department chairs and former deans, as well as orthopaedic surgery department faculty and Moed family friends. That evening, Berton Moed was also celebrating his 41st wedding anniversary with his wife, Jill, who was in attendance, along with their daughter Rebecca Moed.

Philip Alderson, M.D., vice president of Saint Louis University Medical Center Affairs and dean of the School of Medicine, said the award of an endowed chair brings prestige to its holder and honor to the person whose generosity established it.

Wyss was unable to attend the ceremony and was represented by Steve Schwartz, a long time associate and friend.

"It has been many years since I have been on Saint Louis University's campus. The change has been dramatic. The campus and the surrounding community are extremely impressive," Schwartz said.

In regards to the gift from Wyss, Schwartz said there was one sole reason behind it — Berton Moed.

"Mr. Wyss has known him for a long time, and respects and admires him," Schwartz said.

Berton Moed came to SLU in 2003 to serve as chair and professor of the department of Orthopaedic Surgery. An alum of Saint Louis University's School of Medicine, he received his medical degree in 1976 and completed his general surgery internship in 1976 to 1977 followed by an orthopaedic surgery residency and fellowship training.

In his 10 years with the department, he has made significant changes using the knowledge he gained from his time with the Orthopaedic Residency Review Committee of the ACGME. The size of the SLU orthopaedic residency program has increased from three to five residents each year, as well as incorporated a research emphasis year. In the last 10 years, the department experienced tremendous growth in research output, the number of orthopaedic full-time faculty and practice locations, as well as profitability.

"Roy has made quite a difference in the department here at SLU and that is why we are honoring him tonight," Saint Louis University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. said.

A few weeks ago, Berton Moed said he was asked how he was able to get the funding from Wyss, to which he simply replied, "Well, I've known him a long time — and I asked him."

Wyss is the former chairman of Synthes, a global medical device company whose surgical instruments and implants have revolutionized the treatment of trauma on the human skeletons.

After last year's purchase of Synthes by Johnson & Johnson in a multi-billion dollar acquisition, Wyss now spends much of his time devoted to his many philanthropic pursuits, which includes environmental conservation, medical teaching and social justice.

"Mr. Wyss has a high admiration for the work Dr. Moed has done — his commitment to patient care, education and just good surgery," Schwartz said.

This endowed chair will support the research endeavors of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Tissue Engineering Laboratory.

Moed received an honorary medallion to symbolize he will now be known as the Hansjörg Wyss Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, the funds derived from which will be used to support orthopaedic research. Schwartz also received an honorary medallion in recognition of the establishment of the endowed chair.

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