Kenneth A. Kudsk, MD, FAACS, FCCM
Chief of General Surgery, William S. Middleton Veterans Affairs Hospital
Professor of Surgery, University of Wisconsin
Dr. Kudsk is an exceptional candidate for this award, having a distinguished career as an academic surgeon, researcher, and mentor. He has been a member of ASPEN for over 35 years and has held numerous leadership roles within the society, including president. His research, focusing primarily on nutrition and its effects on inflammation, infection, and metabolism, and has consistently included mentees from many backgrounds. His research has produced more than 200 manuscripts. Dr. Kudsk has mentored trainees for over 35 years and is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin School Of Medicine and Public Health and the University of Wisconsin Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Nutritional Sciences.
Dr. Kudsk has formally served as a mentor to over 41 graduate and fellow trainees on an interdisciplinary nutrition support team including residents, dietitians, pharmacists, and nurses. His mentoring style has been described as one based on listening, respect, encouragement and leading by example. He motivates others to continue to ask relevant questions and to work harder. Under his tutelage, his trainees have been extremely prolific in their combined efforts, yielding numerous presentations, publications, and awards. Dr. Kudsk’s long-term impact on his mentees is significant as they constantly go to him for advice and he continues to have strong professional alliances with them, many of which have been maintained for decades.
Dr. Kudsk' s mentees have gone on to have notable careers, producing hundreds of manuscripts, receiving substantial research grants and leading at every level of their professions. They are leading academic divisions, running productive laboratories, leaders within ASPEN and professors at major institutions. Dr. Kudsk's mentorship and sustained contributions to Specialized Nutrition Support over the last 5 decades certainly qualify him as the ideal candidate for the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award.
In addition to the George Blackburn Research Mentorship Award, the ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation would like to announce the establishment of a new grant in honor of Dr. George Blackburn focused on nutrition and metabolism. The ASPEN Rhoads Research Foundation relies on the generosity of members of the parenteral nutrition and enteral nutrition community and friends through their gifts of support. There are many opportunities to aid in the tremendous work of nutrition science. With your help, the establishment of a new grant named in honor of George Blackburn is possible. For more information about Dr. George Blackburn and to find out how you can help fund this prestigious grant, please click