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William Hickerson, MD, Named Chief, Burn Surgery
in the College
of Medicine, Memphis, at
The University of Tennessee Health
Memphis, Tenn. (May 23, 2008) – Robert Wallace, MD,
chair of Plastic Surgery and Steve J. Schwab, MD, executive dean of the College
of Medicine for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), have
appointed William Hickerson, MD, chief
of burn surgery for the College of Medicine.
Dr. Hickerson, a nationally known plastic surgeon, is
returning to his roots in Tennessee.
A graduate of the College of Medicine at UTHSC, Dr. Hickerson rose to the rank of
professor of Surgery at the UT Health Science Center before leaving for the
famed Joseph Still
Burn Center in Augusta,
Ga., the largest private burn center in the United States.
He subsequently became professor of Surgery and director of the Burn Center at
the University of
Arkansas. He is
board certified in surgery and plastic surgery and currently serves as the
medical director of the Burn Center for the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Hickerson is nationally known as a leading burn
surgeon and has published extensively in peer reviewed journals. UTHSC,
with the Regional Medical Center of Memphis (The MED), administers the Firefighters Regional Burn Center
on the MED campus. This center, one of three in the state, is the
region’s only comprehensive burn care unit.
“I have known Dr. Hickerson my entire career as a
plastic surgeon,” said Dr. Wallace. “He has knowledge and passion for
comprehensive burn care that are unmatched. The Memphis community and the UT Health Science
Center Department of Plastic Surgery are very fortunate to have him back
again,” stated Dr. Wallace.
“Almost 100,000 Americans are hospitalized each
year due to serious burns. The West Tennessee, Mississippi
and Arkansas regions have one of the highest
incidences of death by fire in the United States,” observed Chief
Executive Officer for the Regional Medical Center Sylvester L. Reeder,
III. “This reality has increased the need for not only a nationally known
burn center, but also for a nationally known surgeon, scientist and researcher
to lead this Center
of Excellence. The
recruitment of Dr. Hickerson to the burn center will strengthen the treatment
for the citizens of Memphis and all of Mississippi and Arkansas
who have or will be affected by serious burns," Reeder explained.
“We are fortunate to have attracted Dr. Hickerson to
return to Memphis.
He brings substantial knowledge of our area, as well as national stature
in burn surgery and burn medicine,” stated Dr. Schwab.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission
of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a
single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range
of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in Memphis and includes six
colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences,
Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. UTHSC has additional College of Medicine
and College of Pharmacy
campuses in Knoxville and a College of Medicine
campus in Chattanooga.
For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu.