Microsurgery lab opens, named for Rodney Perkins

A world leader in the development of surgical biotechnology, Rodney Perkins, MD, will be honored May 9 at the dedication of a new microsurgical lab in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.

The Rodney C. Perkins Microsurgical Laboratory has been designed to expand the knowledge of surgical anatomy and further the frontiers of innovative operative technique, said Robert Jackler, MD, the Edward C. and Amy H. Sewall Professor in Otorhinolaryngology and chair of the department.

"We expect that the 10-station microsurgery lab and accompanying surgical simulation suite will inspire Stanford surgeons-in-training to express their own inventive spirit," Jackler said.

Perkins, an adjunct clinical professor of otolaryngology, donated the lab equipment, including microscopes, dissection stations and microsurgical instruments. He has spent a lifetime developing medical devices and bringing them to market.

The evening's events begin with an academic program from 5 to 7 p.m. in Freidenrich Auditorium near the main entrance of the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, 725 Welch Road. A reception and lab tour will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Perkins Microsurgical Laboratory, 801 Welch Road, second floor.