Florida physician and Texas A&M University former student Stuart A. Harlin '83 is giving back to help both his alma mater and the future of his profession by creating an endowed faculty chair in the Texas A&M Department of Statistics.

The Jill and Stuart A. Harlin '83 Chair in Statistics, established through a unique combination of current and planned gifts to the Texas A&M Foundation, marks only the second created within the department, which is also home to the George P. Mitchell '40 Chair in Statistics, held since 2006 by Texas A&M statistician H. Joseph Newton, dean of the College of Science.

The Harlin Chair is intended to support the teaching, research, service and professional development activities of the holder, whose academic focus shall be in the field of medical and public health statistics.

"Dr. Harlin's generous gift will have a major impact on the use of statistics in medical areas -- something close to both him and the Department of Statistics," Newton said. "We indeed are fortunate that his forward-thinking generosity has made this possible."

Harlin, a board certified vascular surgeon in the Pensacola area with a reputation for being proactive and progressive in his approach to his practice as well as his patients' role in their own healthcare, is one of eight specialists within Coastal Vascular and Interventional, PLLC. He is also founder of Harlin Consulting, a medical advising practice specializing in staff training, clinical studies work and research assistance, among other services.

"I am blessed to be able to contribute to Texas A&M and will endeavor to endow more as time passes," Harlin said.

Before emerging as a premier vascular specialist in the Sunshine State, Harlin paid his educational dues in the Lone Star State, earning his bachelor of science in zoology from Texas A&M in 1983 and his medical degree from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center in 1987. After completing his general surgery residency at Mississippi's Keesler Air Force Basic Medical Center in 1992, he remained with the Air Force for two years as a general surgeon, then finished a fellowship in vascular surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1996 prior to concluding his military career in 1999. Along the way, Harlin became board certified in general surgery in 1993, later achieving certification in vascular surgery in 1997. He obtained his Florida medical license in 1999, becoming a Certified Wound Specialist in 2003.

A fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a diplomat with the American Board of Surgeons, Harlin is a member of many professional societies, including the International Society of Vascular Surgery, the Southern Association of Vascular Surgery, Society of Vascular Surgery, American Academy of Wound Specialists, Southeastern Surgical Congress, Escambia County Medical Society, Peripheral Vascular Surgical Society, Florida Medical Association, Pensacola Surgical Society and the Society of Air Force Clinical Surgeons. In addition, he is active in several vascular research studies and has published articles in prominent medical journals, such as the Journal of Vascular Surgery, American Journal of Surgery, Military Medicine and Vascular Surgery.

In addition to endowing a faculty position to benefit Texas A&M Statistics, the Harlins are members of The Association of Former Students Endowed Century Club program, which provides financial support for a variety of projects, from scholarships and academic programs to student activities and staff and faculty development.

For more information on the Texas A&M Department of Statistics, visit http://www.stat.tamu.edu.

To learn more about faculty chairs and professorships or other methods of giving to Texas A&M, go to http://giving.tamu.edu.


Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. H. Joseph Newton, (979) 845-7361 or jnewton@stat.tamu.edu

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