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Department of Surgery

Holmes B Springs MD

Dr. Holmes B. Springs was born in Greenville, SC in 1921 and moved to Myrtle Beach with his family in 1927. After graduating from high school, Dr. Springs moved to

Charleston and attended The Citadel for two years before transferring to Duke University. Upon graduation, he moved back to Charleston where he attended the Medical College of South Carolina (now MUSC) and then the Protestant Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, PA for his internship. He joined the US Navy as a Lt. Junior Grade in the Medical Corp and after his service in the military, Dr. Springs spent his first two years of Residency at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia, SC and his final two years in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Upon completion of his residency, Dr. Springs and his wife, Shirley, moved to Marion, SC where Dr. Springs opened a private practice in general surgery. He and his family spent five years in Marion before returning to Myrtle Beach in 1958, where he and Dr. Richard Jackson became Myrtle Beach’s first surgeons and helped open two Myrtle Beach Hospitals. During his practicing years, Dr. Springs served as the Chief of Staff at the Ocean View Memorial Hospital and the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He supported his community by serving on the Myrtle Beach town council for six years. He served as member of the MUSC Board of Trustees and sat the on the admissions committee. Dr. Springs was also a member of the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Springs was a true general surgeon, and his practice included Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Otolaryngology, and Abdominal Surgery. A typical day for Dr. Springs would include a cholecystectomy, a C-section delivery, and a mastectomy for cancer during which he had to read his own frozen section as the nearest pathologist was 100 miles away. Commonly he might be called back to the hospital later in the day for a gunshot wound or a craniotomy for a subdural hematoma. He retired in 1988. 

In 1999, Dr. and Mrs. Springs gave a generous gift to the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina to further general surgery residents’ education. As a result, the Department of Surgery named the Kredel- Springs Lectureship in his honor. It is held annually each spring and is supported by ongoing contributions to the fund. Dr. Springs passed away on August 16, 2005. Surviving are his wife, Shirley Springs, three sons, and two daughters. 


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