Department of Surgery
Horace G. Smithy Lectureship
On January 30, 1948, a young Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina made medical history by successfully removing scar tissue from a heart valve of a young, incapacitated girl who had been given but a brief time to live. The technique employed by the 34-year old Horace G. Smithy was based upon two years of exhaustive research experimentation. Dr. Smithy's research included the design of a new instrument, known as a valvulotome, to cut scar tissue blocking heart valves of rheumatic fever victims. He subsequently operated upon six additional patients, four of whom survived.
Tragically, Dr. Smithy himself had valvular heart disease as a result of rheumatic fever during childhood, and his condition began rapidly deteriorating in 1948. He requested a noted surgeon at The Johns Hopkins Hospital to carry out the procedure on him, but before this could be arranged, Dr. Smithy died on October 28, 1948. Dr. Smithy's premature death deprived Charleston and the Medical University of South Carolina the opportunity to become an early center for cardiac surgery. However, from his pioneering efforts, enormous progress has been made. Today, reliable prosthetic heart valves are widely available and surgery for valvular heart disease is standardized and carries a very low risk in most individuals.
- 2015 Schedule of Events
- About Horace G. Smithy, MD
- Grand Rounds Presentation of Horace Smithy by Fred J Crawford, MD
|Vaughn Starnes, MD - "Opening Doors:A Surgeon's Journey Over Thresholds"||2015|
|Martin Elliott, MD, FRCS - "10 Commandments for Safety in the Operating Room"||2014|
|Shafique Keshavjee, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS - "The Future of Transplantation: Personalized Medicine for the Organ"||2013|
|Lawrence H. Cohn, MD - "How to be a Safe and Effective Surgeon"||2012|
|Leonard Lee Bailey, MD - "Evolution of Infant Heart Transplantation"|
|G. Alexander Patterson, MD - "Tribal Leadership in Surgery"||2010|
|Tirone E. David, M.D. - "Creativity in Surgery"||2009|
|Douglas E. Wood, M.D. - " Lung Volume Reduction Surgery: Before & After NETT"||2007|
Irving L. Kron, M.D. - "Surgery for Heart Failure”
David A. Fullerton, M.D. - "Control of Post-Operative Pulmonary Hypertension"
|D. Craig Miller, M.D. – "What We Know and What We Don’t Know About Valve-Sparing Aortic Root Replacement"||2004|
|Timothy J. Gardner, M.D. –"Cardiac Surgery and the Brain—the Real Facts"||2003|
Barbara L. Bass, M.D. - "The New Surgical Workforce: Recruiting and Developing Women Surgeons"
|James L. Cox, M.D. - "A New Approach to Artificial Heart Valves"||2001|
William A. Baumgartner, M.D. - "Retooling Thoracic Surgery Education"
James P. O'Leary, M.D. - "Post-Gastrectomy Syndrome: Will Another Operation Help"
|Marvin Pomerantz, M.D. - "Surgical Approaches in the Treatment of Mycobacterial Disease"||1998|
|Douglas J. Mathisen, M.D. - "Tracheobronchoplasty for Lung Cancer"||1997|
|Mark B. Orringer, M.D. - "Transhiatal Esophagectomy Without Thoracotomy - Avoiding and Managing Complications"||1996|
|Robert W. Anderson, M.D. - "Managed Care and Surgery"||1995|
Gordon F. Murray, M.D. - "Operative Management of Esophageal Motor Disorders"
John A. Waldhausen, M.D. – "Circulatory Support and the Artificial Heart"
|David C. Sabiston, Jr., M.D. - "Coronary Circulation: 1992"||1992|
W. Randolph Chitwood, Jr, M.D. - "The Evolution of Scientific Surgery: The Shadow of John Hunter"
William A. Gay, Jr., M.D. - "Cardiac Transplantation: Expectations and Realities"
|Heber H. Newsomes, Jr., M.D. - "Adrenal Tumors"||1988|
Kirby I. Bland, M.D. - "Contemporary Approaches to Colorectal Cancer & Management of Hepatic Metastases"
Norman M. Rich, M.D. - "Vascular Trauma"
|J. Lynwood Herrington, Jr., M.D. - "The Vagotomy Story"||1985|