Richard Redd Crutcher Biographical File

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Richard Redd Crutcher Biographical File
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Crutcher, Richard Redd (1912-2009). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Historical or Biographical Note

Richard Redd Crutcher, M.D., was a graduate of Kentucky Military Institute and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. A renowned thoracic and general surgeon, Crutcher performed the first heart catheterization in Central Kentucky in 1954 and the first open heart operation in Lexington (KY) in 1959. Both procedures were performed at St. Joseph Hospital, where Dr. Crutcher served in a variety of capacities during his career, including several years as the hospital's chief of surgery. He also served as a surgeon in the U.S. Army during World War II, mostly in Italy, attaining the rank of major.

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Other Keywords - Digital Library Subjects

  • Military Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Vanderbilt Alumni

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