Surgeon in green scrubs, mask, gloves, and cap performing surgery. Courtesy Sharon Henry, M.D. and Maryland Institute of Emergency  Medical Services Systems

Opening Doors: Other Vanderbilt Surgeons

Andrew Manlove

Mr. Andrew Manlove was born in Tennessee in 1917, and like Vivien Thomas, was unable to fulfill his dream of attending medical school during the Great Depression. Instead, he joined the Vanderbilt Department of Surgery in 1938 as a surgical technician. For the next several years, Mr. Manlove worked and trained with Vivien Thomas, until Thomas left Vanderbilt for Johns Hopkins with Dr. Alfred Blalock in June of 1941. After Blalock's and Thomas' departure, Manlove left Vanderbilt for the Thayer VA Hospital, but was persuaded with the help of Thomas to return in 1952 as Supervisor of the Surgical Research Laboratory. For the next 32 years, using animals treated humanely in the laboratory, Andrew Manlove trained generations of Vanderbilt medical students and residents in aseptic surgical techniques and the principles of postoperative care. Mr. Manlove passed away in October of 2014.

Keith Gray, MD

Dr. Keith Gray received his MD from Wake Forest in 1998, and he served as an intern, resident and research fellow at Vanderbilt from 1998-2005. In 2005, he left Vanderbilt to be a surgical fellow in oncology at MD Anderson in Texas. Dr. Gray is currently an associate professor at the University of Tennessee, where he is the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and medical director of the Gastrointestinal Tumor Service.

Willie V. Melvin III, MD, FACS

Dr. Willie Melvin received his MD from Meharry Medical College in 1989, and he served a residency at St. Joseph Hospital, and one at Vanderbilt from 2000-2001. Dr. Melvin is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and he has published widely on bariatric, abdominal, and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Melvin is currently an assistant professor of surgery at Vanderbilt.

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Selwyn O. Rogers, JR., MD, MPH

Dr. Selwyn Rogers, Jr. earned his MD from Harvard and completed his surgical residency at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He then served as assistant professor of surgery at both Vanderbilt and Meharry from 2000-2001. In 2001, he left Vanderbilt for Harvard, where he was associate professor of surgery and chief of the Division of Trauma, Burn and Surgical Critical Care at Brigham and Women's Hospital. In 2012, Dr. Rogers left Harvard to serve as chair of Surgery at Temple University. Since 2014, he has been vice president and chief medical officer for the University of Texas Health System, as well as assistant dean for Clinical Affairs. Dr. Rogers also holds an MPH from Vanderbilt.

Christina Bailey, MD, MSCI

Dr. Christina Edwards Bailey served as a clinical surgery fellow at Vanderbilt from 2008-2010. She is currently a surgical oncology fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Bailey has published in JAMA Surgery, and her research interests include the incidence and treatment of colon cancer in younger populations.

Steven Stain, MD

Dr. Steven Stain received his MD from the University of California, Irvine, served a residency at the University of Southern California, and completed fellowships at USC and the University of Berne in Switzerland. In 2000, Dr. Stain was appointed chair of the Department of Surgery at Meharry Medical College, and in 2002 he was appointed Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt. In 2005, Dr. Stain left Vanderbilt to become chair of Surgery at Albany Medical College.

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John H. Stewart IV, MD FACS

Dr. John Stewart received his MD from Howard University, and he served as resident at Temple and completed two fellowships at the National Cancer Institute. In 2003, Dr. Stewart arrived at Vanderbilt where he served as chief resident in General Surgery until 2004. Dr. Stewart is currently an associate professor and vice chair of Surgery at Wake Forest, as well as associate dean for Clinical Research and Innovation.