The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has announced Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D. Professor of Surgery, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, as the winner of the 2019 Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award.
The Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award recognizes an individual for his or her outstanding contribution in the field of nutrition and to help increase the stature and image of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its individual dietitian members, not only in the United States but throughout the world. This award is considered the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.
Stanley J. Dudrick, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Dr. Dudrick is currently a professor of surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. He began at Franklin Marshall College and went to medical school at The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. During his residency under Dr. Jonathan Rhoads, a surgical nutritionist, he studied TPN in the laboratory with beagles. He was successful at using it for six adult humans and then an infant in 1967. He was involved in the creation of ASPEN and served as the first president of their organization in 1975
Dr. Dudrick is recognized throughout the world for his pioneering research in the basic investigative development and subsequent successful clinical application of the central venous feeding technique known as Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN), which has not only stimulated countless research endeavors worldwide, but has also been acknowledged as one of the four most significant accomplishments in the history of surgery, together with the discovery and development of asepsis and antisepsis, antibiotic therapy, and anesthesia; has been recognized as one of the three most important advances in modern surgery, together with open heart surgery and transplantation; and has been credited for saving millions of lives and for significantly changing the way medicine is practiced throughout the world.
Dr. Dudrick will be presented his award during The Edna & Robert Langholz International Nutrition Lecture: Reflections on a Half Century of TPN and Clinical Nutrition in the Future at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2019 Food and Nutrition Conference and Exposition (FNCE®) where he will provide his insights on a half-century odyssey of the basic development and clinical application of Total Parenteral Nutrition and its current role together with enteral and oral nutrition in providing optimal nutrition to all people under all conditions at all times.
Robert Langholz is an honorary member of the Academy as well as an Emeritus Society member of the Foundation and established the award in memory of his wife Edna, who passed away in 1993. Edna was a self-described “crusader” for nutrition, co-authored two books, served as President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 1981-82 and in 1990 received the Academy’s highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award for her life-long dedication to the field of nutrition and dietetics