Maurice Galante, M.D. was a UCSF Professor Emeritus of Surgery.
A native of the island of Rhodes when it was considered part of
Italy, Dr. Galante was educated in the United States, receiving his
MD with honors from The Ohio State University in 1944. He interned
for one year at the Morrisania City Hospital in New York before
moving to San Francisco to begin his residency in general
Dr. Galante completed his residency training in 1952 after an
interruption of several years for Army service in the 82nd Airborne
Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Dr. Galante has been
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.
Maurice Galante brought a rare humanism to his 50 years as a
surgeon at the UCSF School of Medicine. The scores of residents he
trained were the fortunate recipients of a course in medical ethics
and surgical attitude while learning surgical skills from a master.
Dr. Galante developed a special relationship with his patients
because of his sensitivity to their pain and suffering.
Many of these patients have expressed their gratitude through
donations to support various programs in the Department of Surgery,
including this annual lecture and the Maurice Galante Distinguished
In addition to the numerous educational awards that Maurice has
been honored with over the years, on May 28, 1985, he was decorated
as "Commendatore nell'Ordine Al Merito della Repubblica Italiana"
by the Consul General of Italy. This highly distinguished award is
given to select individuals for contributions in the fields of
literature, the economy, public service, and social, philanthropic
and humanitarian activities.
The Maurice Galante Annual
Lecture honors Dr. Galante's professional career at UCSF and
service to the profession.