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William Stewart Halsted Professorship in Surgery

HalstedWilliamWILLIAM STEWART HALSTED is recognized as the most important, innovative, and influential surgeon that the 20th country produced. He came to Baltimore in 1886 with his close friend William H. Welch, the first faculty member of the new Hopkins hospital and, subsequently, the first dean of the School of Medicine. Appointed the first surgeon-in-chief and the first professor of surgery of the medical school, Dr. Halsted helped usher in the modern era of surgery. Renowned as both a surgeon and clinical teacher, he combined experimental work in physiology and pathology with innovative surgical techniques. He left an indelible mark on American surgery and on the practice of surgery itself, through his creation of The Halsted School of Surgery, a training-ground for residents to become not only surgeons but also teachers of surgery.