Robert A. Chase, MD

Dr. Robert A. Chase, born in 1923, is an honored surgeon, researcher, educator, and pioneer in the field of hand surgery and plastic & reconstructive surgery. As a longtime member and former President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (joined in 1960), Dr. Chase's innovative career was the inspiration for this multimedia library.

Dr. Chase obtained a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Hampshire in 1945 and earned his medical degree from Yale University in 1947. He completed his residency at Yale University and at the University of Pittsburgh before establishing Yale's first section of plastic surgery. In 1963, he was appointed Professor and Chairman of Surgery at Stanford University, where he was instrumental in the creation of an integrated general and plastic surgery program. Later, many schools around the nation would adopt a similar model.

In 1973 Dr. Chase became Acting Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at Stanford University. From 1974 through 1977, he served as President and Director of the National Board of Medical Examiners in Philadelphia. Dr. Chase returned to Stanford in 1977 and assumed the position of Chief of the Division of Human Anatomy until 1992. In 1988, he became Professor of Surgery, Emeritus and remained active in teaching Human Anatomy.