H. William Scott, MD

(1916-1998)

H. William Scott

H. William Scott (1916-1998) was a Professor and Surgeon at Vanderbilt. He succeeded Barney Brooks as Chair of Vanderbilt's Department of Surgery, and authored more than 300 publications.

H. William Scott

H. William Scott

H. William Scott, Jr., was born in Graham, North Carolina. He was an outstanding athlete in High School, graduating from Darlington School in 1933. He received his A.B. degree n 1937 from the University of North Carolina, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He applied to only one medical school, Harvard, was accepted and graduated in 1941. An active duodenal ulcer kept him out of World War II. His surgical residency training was completed at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and The Children's Hospital in Boston.

In 1945 he was a Harvey Cushing Fellow in Neurosurgery at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. He then went to the Johns Hopkins Hospital where he served a year and a half as an assistant resident and chief resident in surgery. At Hopkins he was trained by Dr. Alfred Blalock. On completion of his surgical residency, Bill Scott chose an academic career. In 1946 he was offered and accepted a position as Instructor at Hopkins. Three years later he was appointed Associate Professor of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. In 1952 he left Hopkins for Vanderbilt where he became Professor off Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Surgery.

At Vanderbilt. Dr. Scott's training program in surgery produced many academic surgeons and some of the most respected surgical practitioners in the United States. He established a surgical research facility and made many significant contributions to surgical science. His publications number more than 350. During his 30 years at Vanderbilt Bill Scott became a world-renowned surgeon and scholar, who was viewed with devotion by his patients and students. After his retirement in 1982, Dr. Scott remained at Vanderbilt training students. In 1996 he published a very comprehensive History of Surgery at Vanderbilt University. Bill Scott was perfectionist throughout his life and his accomplishments reflect this attribute.

The Eskind Library also has a collection of Dr. Scott's personal papers. For more information, please consult the Inventory of the H. William Scott Jr. Papers.