R. Wallace Billington Biographical File

Summary Information

Billington, R. Wallace (1880-1962)
VUMC Historical Images and Biographies
R. Wallace Billington Biographical File
1962 - 1962
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Biographical file includes an signed photograph, two obituary clippings, and a copy of a academic surgical test.

Preferred Citation

Billington, R. Wallace (1880-1962). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Dr. Wallace Billington was Nashville's first orthopedic surgeon. He attended Vanderbilt University, two years in academic study and four years in the School of Medicine, graduating in 1906. Billington taught orthopedic surgery at Vanderbilt in 1911, continuing to teach as lecturer, adjunct professor, and professor until his retirement in 1950, when he became professor emeritus.

A pioneer in his field, he made medical history during WWI by devising a multiple tendon transplantation for damage to the muscular-spiral nerve, an operation widely used during WWII for soldiers wounded in action.

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Subject Headings

Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Military Medicine
  • Orthopedics
  • Vanderbilt Alumni
  • VUMC History

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