Wake Forest University School of Medicine Hires Director of New Preclinical Surgical Services

November 17, 2008

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Vince Mendenhall, D.V.M., Ph.D., has joined Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as director of the new preclinical surgical services (PSS) section.

Mendenhall received his doctor of veterinarian medicine degree and his doctorate in experimental surgery and comparative anatomy from Colorado State University. After receiving his degrees, he was employed at 3M Company, where he developed their department of surgical research with an emphasis on medical device development.

More than 500 research projects were completed by Mendenhall during his time with 3M. These research projects resulted in the development of Tegaderm?, the Microvascular Anastomotic Device™, the Ligament Augmentation Device?, DuraPrep™, silicone malleable retractors, a biconvex, reverse haptic, hydrogel intraocular lens, and many other products that are now in clinical use.

Mendenhall was more recently employed by Charles River Laboratories, where he conducted over 50 surgical studies a year since 1993. He has developed many new surgical models for experimental medicine, medical device development, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and toxicology. The results of his development work throughout the years have been presented at 146 national and international peer-reviewed meetings, published in ten book chapters and 21 referred publications.

The new PSS section will bring over 35 years of combined staff experience to areas such as surgical modeling, neurology (specifically brain and spinal cord), orthopaedics, cardiovascular, ophthalmic, soft tissue and abdominal surgery in veterinary medicine. Services available through the PSS will include surgery, pathology, imaging and a clinical chemistry and endocrinology assay services laboratory.


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Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (www.wfubmc.edu) is an academic health system comprised of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine, Wake Forest University Physicians and North Carolina Baptist Hospital. The School of Medicine ranks 35th in primary care and 42nd in research among the nation's 145 medical and osteopathic schools in “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S. News & World Report. Wake Forest’s physician assistant program is ranked 23rd, and its joint program with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to train nurse anesthetists is tied for 11th place. The volume Best Doctors in America includes 181 of the Wake Forest medical school faculty, and Wake Forest Baptist is ranked 32nd in the nation by America’s Top Doctors for the number of physicians in that listing. The Medical Center has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report since 1993.

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