Profiles of Success: Dr. Gregory Veillette

Spotlight on Graduate Dr. Gregory Veillette

One of the joys and thrills of University life is to witness and contribute to the success of young men and women as they begin and then shape their personal and professional futures right before your eyes. In our Spotlight Feature news stories, we attempt to capture just a handful of these wonderful personal futures we can share as members of the University of Connecticut family.

Gregory Veillette came to the University in 1994 from Naugatuck, Connecticut. A swimmer and trumpet player as a high school student at Naugatuck High School, he achieved All-State Music Festival and All-American Swimming Team honors. Once engaged in his studies, he was so thoroughly excited by a vision of service through science that he decided to pursue a major in Physiology and Neurobiology which eventually led to the decision to pursue medicine. As an undergraduate scholar-athlete and musician, he received numerous awards for scholarship and athletics. These honors included being named as a New England Scholar, named to the All-Big East Academic Swim Team, the McDevit Inspiration Award, the Don Kinsman Award for Holistic Growth and Achievement, the Dr. John Mele Scholarship, and the University of Connecticut Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award.

During his final year as an undergraduate and before starting his medical school training, Greg utilized his EMT-Intermediate training working with the Naugatuck Ambulance Corporation and worked as a Laboratory and Research Assistant at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Greg worked with Drs. MacGillivary and Whalen on a hernia repair protocol which he presented at the Connecticut Chapter of the American College of Surgeons meeting and then later published that work in Connecticut Medicine.  Greg then truly sailed through medical school receiving numerous acknowledgements and awards. Scholarship awards included a School of Medicine Alumni Scholarship and the Clark Memorial Scholarship. Making exceptional progress in medical studies, he received Honors in five of the six required specialty rotations in the third year.

As a graduating senior, he was awarded the James Foster Teaching Award and the American College of Surgeons Outstanding Student in Surgery. During medical school, he along with a few other classmates received the American College of Physicians Medical Jeopardy Challenge competition. Based on his superb medical school record, Greg won admission to Harvard’s seven year General Surgical Residency which included five years of General Surgical Residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and two years of Transplantation Biology Research at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital.

During his research fellowship and surgical training, Greg received several acknowledgements and awards. For his clinical teaching excellence, Greg received the Harvard Medical School Teaching Award twice as well as the Tufts School of Medicine and Massachusetts General Hospital Resident Teaching Awards. For his research endeavors, he was awarded the Willard Daggett Scholarship for Cardiothoracic Research and the V.H. Kazanjian Surgical Research Fellowship.

Greg received the American Society of Transplantation Distinguished Fellows Award for the work completed during his fellowship years. A review of Greg’s abstracts shows numerous posters and presentations at various professional meetings of the American College of Surgeons, The New England Surgical Society, the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation, Advances in Organ Transplantation, American Transplant Congress, the American Society of Transplantation Distinguished Fellows Research Forum, and the Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

A review of his publications reveals numerous papers in Archives of Surgery, Surgical Clinics North America, Transplantation, and the American Journal of Transplant. On completion of his Post Graduate Residency training at Harvard in 2011, Greg won admission to a two year fellowship as a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Transplantation at the University of California San Francisco.

Greg has now entered his final year of fellowship and has positioned himself through his extraordinary training for a position as a transplant surgeon at one of the country’s premier surgical transplant centers. We look forward to hearing about where Greg will place his professional hands and heart as he moves forward with his surgical transplantation career, a career that began with a searching promise to serve others as a first year student at UConn in 1994.