Humera Update 2023

Humera has been dissolved

More information regarding the Department of Surgery's alumni association to come


Established in 1965 to honor the incredible legacy of Dr. David Hume, the Humera Surgical Society serves as an alumni association for those who received their surgical training from the Medical College of Virginia.

Each spring, members join together to celebrate Dr. Hume at the Humera Annual Meeting. There, colleagues and friends alike are afforded the opportunity to hear about the latest innovations, technologies and accomplishments in the surgical field through talks and presentations from surgical specialists across the country. Friendships, many of which link all the way back to early residency years, are rekindled through activities and dinners as the continued growth of Humera and VCU Surgery are recognized and celebrated.

Humera is a nonprofit 501¬©(7) and operates fully on the generosity of donors, as well as membership dues. To make a tax-deductible donation or pay dues contact Jessica Carey at


David Milford Hume, M.D., who served as the Department of Surgery chair from 1956 until his death in 1973, played an integral role in developing the transplant program at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Throughout his career, Dr. Hume had many notable accomplishments. He was a member of the team that performed the first successful kidney transplant at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston and published a landmark paper in renal transplantation. He was well-known for his neuro-endocrinology research and was instrumental in mapping the hypothalamus. A pioneer in both vascular surgery and endocrine surgery, Dr. Hume also had special interests in diseases of the parathyroid and adrenal glands.

Dr. Hume is remembered with reverence by the many students and residents he taught. His untimely death left a huge void not just at VCU, but throughout American surgery.

2020 Humera Resident Research Awards

Lazar J. Greenfield Award

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Jeffrey Stern, MD; Graduating Chief 2020
"Pre-Transplant Recipient Blood Lipid Signature Predicts Rejection Episodes in First-Year Post Kidney Transplants"

David M. Hume Award

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Niluka Wickramaratne, MD, PGY-4"Low Volume Resuscitation (LVR) with Polyethylene Glycol 20k Confers Survival After Severe Hemorrhagic Shock"