Dr. Cato Laurencin
He may not be well known in the outside world, but among the community of medical scholars, Laurencin is a rock star. “He is a brainiac,” Bright says of his former mentor. A graduate of Princeton University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard University, Laurencin served as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He is now the Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Orthopedic Surgery at UConn. In 2010 he was honored with the Presidential Award for Excellence. Laurencin also runs the Institute for Regenerative Engineering, which is researching groundbreaking methods to help bone and tissue heal from injury.
“He’s not using bone to make bone—he’s finding new ways to genetically make bone,” Bright says. So, if a decade from now you break a leg and it heals back stronger than it was before, don’t forget Cato Laurencin.