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SSA Scholarship in History of Medicine.

Bronze plaque commemorating the SSA centenial in 1987

The Southern Surgical Association has approved an annual scholarship to support a member in the pursuit of a subject in the history of medicine. The subject may relate to an individual, a place, an event or the development of scientific information leading to a mechanical device.

The member who is awarded the scholarship should present the paper and submit a manuscript (at the time of presentation) for publication in the Transactions of the Southern Surgical Association. The manuscript should acknowledge the source of financial support for the study by including this credit line:
“Funding for this study was provided by the Joseph M. Donald Endowment for the Archival Collection of the Southern Surgical Association.”
The funds will be awarded to the member at the time of the presentation.

The period of study can be carried out at the library or institution of the scholar’s choosing.

Members who are interested should submit a scholarship application which includes the Fellow’s name and email address, a brief description of the subject of historical interest which explains why the subject will be of interest to the members of the Southern Surgical Association. (See links below for preparing and uploading applications.)

Applications will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.

Midnight, June 30, 2018 is the deadline for applications. The HOM abstract selected will not be presented until the following year.


Joseph M. McDonald History of Medicine Lectures —grouped by decade.

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Year Title Lecturer
2018 Impactful History Figure: Judge Frank Minis, Jr. Selwyn M. Vickers
2017 The Founding Fathers Versus Jerome Cochran: Organization and Development of the Southern Surgical and Gynecological Association in Birmingham Kirby Bland
2016 Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician, Writer, Poet, Teacher, Lecturer and Much More. H. Biemann Othersen, Jr.
2015 From Whipple to Warren (to the Present) – The Role of the SSA Membership In the Evolution of the Surgical Management of Portal Hypertension David M. Levi
2014 We’ve Heard of the Award – But Who Knows About Dr. Shipley? Nancy D. Perrier
2013 The President's Been Shot and They Are Bringing Him to the Emergency Room Ronald C. Jones
2013 T. Wright, M.D. F.A.C.S.: Academic Surgeon, Civil Right Pioneer Don K. Nakayama
2012 Nosokomia to Sacred Infirmary: Legacy of the Knights Hospitaller and Chimbarazo Hospital in the Evolution of Hospitals from Medieval to Modern Charles E. Bagwell
2011 Hunter Holmes McGuire: Much More than Stonewall Jackson's Surgeon Carl E. Haisch
2010 Fred W. Rankin, M.D.: A Man of Medicine during a Time of War and Change Joseph B. Zwischenberger

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Year Title Lecturer
2009 Dr. Samuel Gross: "Establishing the Principles of Civilian and Military Injury Care" Lewis Flint
Neal Garrison
2008 Dr. Robert Zeppa: A Southern Transplant Who Survived Do the Right Thing Lawrence Rottenberg
Alan S. Livingstone
Leonidias Koniaris
Seymour I. Schwartz
George C. Irvin, III
Duane G. Hutson
2007 Dr. Mary Edwards Walker: A surgeon Ahead of Her Time Robert M. Beazley
2006 Julian K. Quattlebaum, M.D.: The American Hero of Hepatic Surgery Thomas F. Dodson
2005 Charles R. Drew, M.D., Sc,: A Surgical Pioneer Edward C. Cornwell, III
2004 Respectful Image - Revenge of the Barber Surgeon Charles E. Bagwell
2003 Jacob the Other Dr. Flexner Ward O. Griffen, Jr.
2003 Qualities of Ephraim McDowell H. Biemann Othersen, Jr.
2002 Champ Lyons: A Life Unfilled Martin L. Dalton, Jr.
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