It is with pleasure that we have an opportunity here to honor Dr. Watts Webb, who is a friend of Andean Health and in whose honor AHD has received donations for the Hesburgh Hospital in Santo Domingo, Ecuador. Many medical students and residents for decades have been under the tutelage of this legendary surgeon, one of the pioneers in transplant surgeries, and an inspiring mentor
Dr. Webb was born in Columbia, Kentucky and then later grew up in Mississippi where he graduated from Ole Miss with a degree in English. He received his M.D. Degree from Johns Hopkins Medical School in Maryland at the onset of World War II. After completing four years in the army as staff surgeon at VA hospitals and surgical residency at Barnes Hospital of St. Louis, Missouri, he served in various academic appointments with professorships in University of Mississippi, UT Southwestern, Syracuse, Tulane, LSU, and surgical chairmanships at Syracuse and Tulane.
Dr. Webb is married to his high school sweetheart, Frances Cooke, and recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. They have raised four sons and now have six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. One of his hobbies includes waterskiing, at which he is still an active participant. The Webbs enjoy traveling, ballroom dancing, and hosting friends and families. Many students and residents can remember special times at the Webbs’ home where Mrs. Webb hosted monthly dinners for them.
Dr. Webb is world renowned for his work in cardiac thoracic research and for his surgical expertise. His work includes 440 abstracts, 12 authored and coauthored surgical books, and 10 surgical movies. But closer to home, those who have been privileged to be his medical students and residents have treasured times with him in the operating rooms and rounds.
Dr. David Gaus shares that he has learned not only “bedside manner, cardiac physiology, chest tube placements, extubation criteria, and much more” from him, but most importantly, “how to be a gentleman.” Dr. Gaus recalls that Dr. Webb regularly danced with his wife and imparted life wisdom, “The couple that dances together, stays together!” Not only is he a mentor, but he is also a father in the medical community.
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