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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Dr. Dudrick received the Outstanding Medical Advancement award.

The Lackawanna County Medical Society recently held its annual Presidential Reception held to honor local physicians. Major awards bestowed during this year’s reception were the Presidential Recognition award, the Outstanding Medical Advancement award and awards for Lackawanna Medical Society members observing 50 years of service, as well as those being honored with “40 under 40” awards.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine was well represented at the event when its professor of surgery, the eminent Stanley Dudrick, MD, received the Outstanding Medical Advancement award. Dr. Dudrick was honored for his towering achievement -- counted among the top medical advancements of the 20th century – total parenteral nutrition (TPN). In the four decades since its development, TPN has transformed patient care and has made possible the field of intestinal transplantation. The number of lives of children saved by TPN stands at more than 10 million, and its benefits to adults with a range of conditions has been no less substantial.

As the program for the evening noted, Dr. Dudrick’s life goals have been:

  • To provide optimal nutrition to all patients under all conditions at all times;
  • To provide everything possible to enable his students to achieve their maximum God-given potentials: and
  • To be useful and productive to humanity and society as possible for as long as possible. 

The event was attended by more than 200 guests and included many students, friends and colleagues from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

Dudrick honored by Lackawanna County Medical Society

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