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October 16, 2012
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Wake Forest surgery chief to present 2012 Annual Yandell-Polk Lecture at UofL

Will speak on management of thoracic trauma

Dr. J. Wayne Meredith, chief of surgery at Wake Forest University, will deliver the 2012 Annual Yandell-Polk Lecture on Oct. 26 at the University of Louisville.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2012)– The chief of surgery at Wake Forest University will deliver the 2012 Annual Yandell-Polk Lecture on Oct. 26 at the University of Louisville.

Dr. J. Wayne Meredith will present “Management of Thoracic Trauma” at 7 p.m. in the Ambulatory Care Building Auditorium, 530 S. Jackson St. Admission is free.

The Annual Yandell-Polk Lecture is named to honor two UofL faculty: Dr. David Wendel Yandell and Dr. Hiram Polk.

Yandell, a protégé of Samuel Gross, North America’s most influential and respected surgeon in the 19th century, was chairman of surgery at the University of Louisville from 1873-1896. He is known as one of the south’s most prominent surgeons, and he created the first clinic, the Stokes Free Dispensary, in the western United States. The clinic treated indigent patients and educated students. Yandell was an early promoter of antiseptic techniques.

Polk served as the Ben A. Reid Sr., Professor and chairman of surgery at the University of Louisville from 1971 to 2005, when he was named the Ben A. Reid Sr., M.D., Emeritus Professor of Surgery. Polk became not only the longest-serving chair of a surgery department in the country but also one of the world’s best-known and respected surgeons.

Each year, the Annual Yandell-Polk Lecture promotes graduate and post-graduate surgical education, surgical quality and safety and life-long learning among surgeons in the greater Louisville area.  

Meredith earned a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Emory University and his medical degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine, as the Wake Forest School of Medicine was known until 1997. A native of Winston-Salem, N.C., Meredith completed his residencies in general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at The North Carolina Baptist Hospitals Inc. He also completed a fellowship in Trauma/Critical Care at Oregon Health Sciences University Hospital in Portland in 1986. He is certified in surgery and surgical critical care by the American Board of Surgery and in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Meredith joined the Wake Forest University Medical Center in 1987. He is the Richard T. Myers Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of General Surgery with a cross-appointment at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine. He also is the General Surgery Residency Program Director and Chief of Surgery of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. He also serves as executive director of the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma at Wake Forest and holds a cross appointment at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Meredith is medical director of Trauma Programs of the American College of Surgeons and Treasurer of the Southern Surgical Association. He serves on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery and on the Membership Committee for the Halsted Society. He also is a member of the American Surgical Association, the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma.

 

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