“Patricia’s role as a mentor has been not only to stimulate the academic and technical proficiencies of her students and residents, but also to exemplify the proper balance we seek in our lives: as surgeon, teacher, mentor, researcher, administrator and, most importantly, as parent and spouse,” Dr. Marcello said. “It is this ability to maintain symmetry among all of life’s facets that makes her the perfect choice for the Mentor Award.”
Dr. Roberts chairs the Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery at Lahey Clinic. She has served on 32 different hospital committees, including the Clinic’s Board of Governors, and was President of the Medical Staff Association.
Dr. Roberts enrolled in a six-year combined program at Boston University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA and MD. She entered general surgical training at Boston University Medical Center and then rotated to Lahey Clinic, where she completed her colon and rectal surgery residency, and a Pelvic Floor Fellowship. She joined the staff in 1987.
“Pat’s mentorship extends not only to medical students, general surgery residents and colon and rectal surgery residents, but also to her department staff,” Dr. Marcello explained. “Under her leadership, the department has increased in size to eight staff surgeons, two ET nurses, and three physician extenders.”
She has “played critical roles in the education of students, residents, and practicing surgeons amongst the leading professional societies,” Dr. Marcello explained. “For our own Society, she has served as Chairman of the Awards Committee, Program Committee, Self-Assessment Committee, and Operative Competency Evaluation Committee.”
Dr. Roberts currently serves as President of the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS) and Chair of the Board’s Examination Committee. Her previous service to the Board includes terms as Associate Examiner, Maintenance of Certification Committee member, and Written Exam Committee Chair.
Dr. Roberts has also been recognized with numerous teaching awards during her career. These include the Tufts University School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching and the Cornelius E. Sedgwick Mentor Award.
The Research Foundation’s Young Researchers Committee selects Mentor Award recipients for approval by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
A list of previous Mentor Award winners is available on the ASCRS Website, www.fascrs.org.