Collection VF07445 - Surgery, WUSM Department of, vertical files, 1984-89, Vertical File


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Surgery, WUSM Department of, vertical files, 1984-89, Vertical File



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The Washington University School of Medicine has had a department of surgery since it was established in 1891. In 1919, the Department of Surgery appointed its first full-time chairman, Evarts Graham, MD, as the William K. Bixby Professor and chairman of the department. Graham, who was surgeon-in-chief at Barnes Hospital from 1919 to 1951, stressed the importance of the basic sciences to the training of surgeons and believed that the study of general surgery should constitute a large share of the time spent in preparing for a career in a surgical specialty.

Graham's legacy of integrating basic science research and clinical care to create the surgical scientist was continued by later chairmen Carl Moyer (1951-1965) and Walter Ballinger (1967-1978). In 1981, Samuel Wells Jr., MD, became the Bixby Professor and chairman of the department. In his 17 years as chairman, he recruited a world-class faculty, emphasized basic and translational research, and placed great emphasis on educating academic leaders in surgery. This tradition of excellence continued with the current head of surgery, Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Bixby Professor and chair of the Department of Surgery, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Distinguished Professor and director of the Siteman Cancer Center and surgeon-in-chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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The Vertical File Collection is open and accessible for research.

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Item description, Reference Code, Bernard Becker Medical Library Archives, Washington University in St. Louis.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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See also Evarts A. Graham Visiting Professorship files; See also James Barrett Brown Visiting Professorship in Plastic Surgery files.

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