Marvin Lopez, M.D., chief of general and oncologic surgery and vice chairman of the department of surgery at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Boston, was named surgeon of the year by the Latin-American Federation of Surgical Societies.
It was the first time a U.S. physician was named for the award and the first time the award has been given to a physician from a nation not a member of FELAC, according to the hospital.
The organization comprises 19 member nations from Central and South America, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Lopez will be given the award at the organization's international convention in Cartagena, Columbia, in August.
Lopez, a native of Leon, Nicaragua, now a U.S. citizen, is a 1970 graduate of the school of medicine at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. He served his internship and the first year of his surgical residency at Regina Grey Nuns' Hospital and Saskatchewan Cancer Commission and completed his residency at Montreal General Hospital, McGill University, in Montreal, and a fellowship in surgical oncology at Ellis Fischel State Cancer Center and Cancer Research Center, Columbia, Mo.