Walter Moran Surgery Award


The Walter H. Moran, Jr., M.D. Surgery Award
 Photo of Walter Moran, MD

The Walter H. Moran, Jr., M.D. Surgery Award is presented annually to a fourth year medical student for achieving the top performance in the Third Year Medical Student Surgical Clerkship at the West Virginia University School of Medicine, Morgantown campus. 

Walter Harrison Moran, Jr, M.D. came to West Virginia from the University of Minnesota as a junior resident to become the very first chief resident in the WVU department of surgery.  He went on to become a faculty member, establishing himself as a scientist and academician with a strong research laboratory, holding dual appointments in surgery and the department of physiology and biophysics.  During his career, Dr. Moran published 21 papers, 8 book chapters, multiple reviews and editorials, and 9 published abstracts.  His clinical interests included the care of burn patients, along with endocrine and trauma surgery.  Personal reports from his former pupils and all available records indicate that he was a successful teacher of students and residents at all levels. 

The establishment of the emergency department, development of EMS, paramedic and trauma systems at WVU and throughout the state is attributed almost solely to Dr. Moran and his perseverance.  He personally established emergency care standards at University Hospital and worked with the state to establish its emergency medical system and communications network in the early 1970s.  It is rumored that he personally helped place a communications tower on top of Chestnut Ridge, a local mountaintop, which provided the possibility for distant radio communications. 

Dr. Moran’s primary contribution to surgical science research began when he developed a technique to measure antidiuretic hormone through an automatic assay using an IBM computer.  Using this assay, he discovered primary secretion of antidiuretic hormone without other causes, an important breakthrough nationally.  Dr. Moran was a member and leader of multiple prestigious regional and national societies, including being a founding member of the American Trauma Society, in January of 1975. 

When remembering his career at WVU, Dr. Moran once stated: “we used to do almost everything... Then people who come in sort of step up on your shoulder; I guess they start where you left off and then they take the next step.  The next group takes it up one more step... In other words, the Health Sciences Center is beginning to blossom out and is filling that grand plan.”  Upon receiving this award, established in his honor, students should be proud that they stand on the shoulders of a giant.

Award Recipients

2018

Phillip Pifer

2017

Luke Grome

2016

Hayley Leight

2015

Robert Hull

2014

Jonathan R. Amoroso

2013

Patrick Bonasso

2012

Nathan Klingensmith

2011

James M. Bardes

2010

Ashley Rawson

2009

David M. Fourqurean

2008

Shelley Reynolds

2007

Cara Sedney

2006

Brad Van Dyke

2005

Christopher Dawson

2004

Bahair Ghazi

2003

Bryan Pukenas

2002

Jeremy Leslie

2001

Brian Wood

2000

Eric Nies

1999

Betsy Shook Kazienko

1998

Jay Keener

1997

Robert Santrock

1996

Pamela Williams-Arya

1995

Edwin Pia

1994

Jeffrey Skiles

1993

Elizabeth Powers