Dr. Lawrence W. Way is one of the prime surgeons
that has propelled UCSF to its status as a world-class institution.
He has served in a diversity of leadership roles within the UCSF
Department of Surgery and the medical community as Chief of the
Blue Surgery Service, Director of the Videoscopic Training
Programs, and Professor of Surgery to name a few. Dr. Way has also
been highly active on a national and international level in
surgical organizations such as the American College of Surgeons and
the International Society of
Dr. Way's unremitting focus on how to best train
surgeons is what makes his mentorship elite. While he has done
remarkable research and is technically unsurpassed in his chosen
area, the development of the surgical house staff has been his top
priority. A stern taskmaster on rounds and in the operating room,
he sets standards that several generations of UCSF trained surgeons
use as a benchmark for performance. Dr. Way is the last court for
difficult laparoscopic cases, and his clinics are models on how to
be honest yet understanding to patients. Dr. Way constantly looks
for avenues to better his students. In this arena, his interests
range from the effects of fatigue and safety in the OR to teaching
laparoscopic skills in the LARC animal lab.
Dr. Way's focus in optimizing the instruction of surgeons
has not been limited to the house staff. He has been a pioneer in
training mid-career surgeons in laparoscopic techniques. He has
developed a series of hands-on advanced videoscopic training
courses with superbly organized lectures and labs that have become
justifiably famous, and a credit to UCSF both nationally and
internationally. Several of his past fellows continue to proctor in
these laparoscopic courses, and never cease to be amazed by how Dr.
Way strives to master new technologies while continuing to improve
his skills. Dr. Way is a proud UCSF historian who has been part of
the university through its ascent from a good regional medical
school to a world-class institution.