Harwell Wilson Surgical Society

June 15-16, 2018

Each year, the Society provides important funding for an annual scientific session, a visiting professor, awards for outstanding surgical residents, and festivities in honor of the graduating Chief Residents. In addition, the Society provides surgical loupes to our residents each year.


Harwell Wilson, AB, MD, FACS was born in Lincoln, Alabama on May 23, 1908. His grandfather, Dr. J. Tinsley Harrison, a rural general practitioner, influenced him greatly in his decision to enter medicine. The Dr. Tinsley Harrison of Dr. Wilson’s generation was Dr. Wilson’s cousin and was Professor and Chairman of Medicine at the University of Alabama. Dr. Wilson received his BA in 1928 and his MD (AOA) in 1932 from Vanderbilt University. He studied under Dr. Barney Brooks and worked with Dr. Alfred Blalock in the early study of shock.

Dr. Dallas B. Phemister asked Dr. Wilson to be a surgical resident at the newly created Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago. Dr. Wilson studied for seven years, one of which was spent in research and surgical pathology. He was Chief Resident and Instructor in Surgery at the University of Chicago, 1938 – 1939. With the onset of World War II, Dr. Wilson joined the Vanderbilt Unit of the 300th General Hospital. Serving in the Mediterranean Theater, he rose to Chief of Surgery of the 225th station hospital and then he became Surgical Consultant to Dr. Edward Churchill in the Theatre. After the war, Dr. Wilson came to Memphis to establish his private practice. He was soon asked to assume the Chair in Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He directed the evolution of a one-man volunteer department to a large multi-specialty, modern University Department during 1948 – 1974. He was an outstanding teacher, a good administrator and a master of tact and consideration in dealing with other physicians, families, and hospital personnel.

He made many contributions to surgery, but the most important was in instilling in young surgeons warmth, kindness, courtesy and compassion in addition to surgical skills. Many of his junior faculty and residents have gone on to major academic and clinical posts. He was a critical, curious observer and prolific writer, publishing over a hundred national articles, building many exhibits, and producing several motion pictures. He was a pioneer in vascular surgery and contributed to the fields of carcinoid and carotid body tumors and colonic volvulus.

He was active in medical organizations, serving as officers in many surgical groups. He was Treasurer of the American College of Surgeons (1962-1967) and President of the Southern Surgical Association, Southeastern Surgical Congress, and Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. He was First Vice-President of the American Surgical Association when he died. He received many honors, including the Legion of Merit in 1945 and the distinguished service award from the University of Chicago, Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society, Tennessee Medical Society, and the Southeastern Surgical Congress. However, he felt his greatest honor was the the establishment of the Harwell Wilson Surgical Society in 1973 by his former residents. Dr. Wilson died at home, as was his wish, on October 10th, 1977, after a long courageous illness. The surgical profession, thousands of grateful patients and family and friends will forever be in debt to this scholar, Southern gentleman and surgeon.

– Adapted from Obituary published in 1978


Friday, June 15, 2018

HWSS Scientific Session / Student Alumni Center / 800 Madison Avenue

9:00 AM Registration & Coffee
9:30 AM Scientific Session ~ Morning
11:10 AM Luncheon
12:30 PM Scientific Session ~ Afternoon
1:15 PM HWSS 2018 Distinguished Visiting Professor’s Lecture
Timothy J. Eberlein, MD Chairman, Department of Surgery Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO

2:30 PM Business Meeting (Members Only)

6:00 PM Annual HWSS Banquet (Black Tie) Brooks Museum of Memphis (Dinner)

Saturday, June 16, 2018

9:00 AM Golf Tournament (Galloway Golf Course – 18 holes)


Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, FAC
SChairman, Department of Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Eberlein is the Bixby Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Surgeon-in-Chief at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He also serves as the Olin Distinguished Professor and Director of the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Wash-ington University Medical Center.Born in New Kensington, Pennsylva-nia, Dr. Eberlein graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pittsburgh, and cum laude and AOA from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He completed his surgical training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospi-tal, including an appointment as Chief Resident. He also completed research and clinical fellowships at the National Cancer Institute (NIH).Dr. Eberlein was the founding Director of the Siteman Cancer Center which is now an NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.He has participated on numerous national committees and medical advisory boards. Dr. Eberlein is active in the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Board of Regents.Dr. Eberlein has a strong record in research, having received numer-ous grants and awards from the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, and many research foundations. His past research activities have focused on mechanistic studies in tumor im-munology and various immune and vaccine therapies. Dr. Eberlein’s bibliography includes over 250 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, with a focus on tumor immunology, molecular biology and breast cancer.


To support the surgery residents of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center at Memphis.

To connect the alumni of the UT Department of Surgery.

To further the lifelong journey of research and education in surgery.