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Martin David Tilson, MD, Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Tilson has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the fields of healthcare and higher education

    SCARSDALE, NY, August 28, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Martin David Tilson, MD, a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Tilson celebrates many years experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.

Dr. Tilson began his undergraduate studies at Rice University, where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, in 1963. He completed his MD degree at Yale University in 1967; and he stayed on at Yale and the Yale-New Haven Hospital to train in General and Vascular Surgery, finishing in 1972. Then he served as a Major in the US Air Force from 1972-1974, becoming a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery during that time.

After military service, Dr. Tilson returned to Yale to the Department of Surgery as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, working up to the rank of Full Professor and Chief of the Division of Vascular Surgery in 1983. During those years, he developed a keen interest in the causes of the abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Major accomplishments during that period included: 1) Publication of studies suggesting the importance of genetic susceptibility in AAA; and 2) Initial evidence for a role of inflammation and autoimmunity in AAA development.

In 1989 Dr. Tilson was recruited to Columbia University to occupy the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professorship in Surgery at the St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hospital Center (SLRHC) and become the Director of the Department of Surgery. His studies of AAA disease continued, expanding into the areas of enzymatic properties of matrix destruction of the aorta and the molecular biology of specific risk factor genes. Over the next ten years Dr. Tilson organized and chaired two international symposia, sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences, on the Pathobiology of Aneurysms. He also held two RO-1 grants from the NIH-NHLBI. In 2012, he retired to become the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professor Emeritus at SLRHC. He continues to be active in Emeritus Professors in Columbia (EPIC). Currently he is a Senior Member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of University Surgeons, and the American Surgical Association; and he continues to be active in writing and publishing scientific papers related to AAA.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who Community, Martin David Tilson, MD, has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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