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The University of Tennessee
College of Medicine Recognizes Excellence with the
Outstanding Alumni Awards
Memphis, Tenn. (October 8, 2009) – Significant
medical strides have been made locally,
nationally and internationally as a direct result of outstanding University of
Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine graduates. Annually, the College of Medicine
honors four alumni recognized by the executive committee of its alumni council
as having made distinguished contributions to the health care industry. This year’s Outstanding Alumni Awards will be
presented during a noon luncheon
ceremony at the Peabody Hotel on Friday, October 16. Honorees include: Drs. Henry Cheairs Farrar, James Netterville, T.
David Sisk (posthumously) and O. Douglas Wilson.
Henry Cheairs Farrar,
MD, Class of 1954, showed an early commitment to the craft of surgery, which earned
him the UTHSC Verstandig Award in March of the same year. He has since devoted his entire career to general
surgery in the United States
and abroad. He has served as a surgeon
in Kentucky and Tennessee,
and for 40 years, he spent one month per year in Nigeria where he started a
hospital, which now has more than 100 beds.
To ensure that his dream of
assisting the surgical needs of the African citizens in Nigeria continues, Dr. Farrar has secured financial
and professional support for the hospital from the International Health Care
Foundation in Searcy, Ark.,
and from Healing Hands International in Nashville.
Dr. Farrar currently practices
medicine and surgery Carthage, Tenn.,
near Nashville. All six of his children have earned career
success, with three of them being practicing physicians.
MD, Class of 1980, is an internationally recognized head and neck surgeon. In 1986, he joined Vanderbilt
Center in Nashville and was a founding member of the
Department of Otolaryngology. Currently,
he serves the university as professor of otolaryngology and director of the Division
of Head and Neck Oncologic Surgery. Head
and neck concerns involving voice rehabilitation, skull base, endocrine and
oncologic problems are among his clinical and research interests.
Dr. Netterville is a member of
numerous medical societies, review boards and executive committees, and has
received significant awards and honors. He
thrives on mentoring Vanderbilt
young medical students, residents and fellows. To recognize him, in 2003, Vanderbilt medical students
bestowed upon him the initial CANDLE Award for teaching and mentoring
excellence. Beyond his work at
Vanderbilt, Dr. Netterville strongly supports medical missions through a
surgical outreach program in Nigeria. He has also been an honored medical guest in
countries in North and South America, Europe and Australia.
In 2004, Dr. Netterville’s
peers honored him with the annual Humanitarian Award from the American Academy
of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
David Sisk, MD, was a member of the Class of 1961. He dedicated his career to orthopaedic
medicine and is being honored posthumously, having departed this life in July 2009.
During his career, Dr. Sisk joined
the Campbell Clinic medical staff and the UT Health Science Center College of
Medicine faculty where he directed the orthopaedic resident training program
from 1970 to 1993. From 1990 to 1994, he
served as professor and chairman of the Campbell Clinic – UT Department of
Dr. Sisk chaired numerous
committees including a sports medicine committee of the American Academy
of Orthopaedic Surgeons. His expertise
in sports medicine led him to act as a consultant to the National Football
League and the National Basketball Association.
Additionally, he served as a team physician for various high school
teams, professional football teams in several leagues, and for the University of Memphis from 1967 to 2002. In 2007, he was inducted into the American Orthopaedic
Society for Sports Medicine Hall of Fame.
Earlier in 2009, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
MD, is an alumnus of the Class of 1964.
While in medical school, he also served in the U.S. Navy. Dr. Wilson was assigned the role of senior naval
medical officer, and while enlisted, he developed his expertise in the area of
pediatric medicine. He rose to the rank
of commander and served as chief of pediatrics for the Naval Hospital
at the U.S. Naval Academy. He resigned
from the Navy in 1973 and founded a pediatric practice in San Diego, Calif.,
which advanced to become Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, Inc., where he
currently practices. This single specialty
medical group is one of the largest in the nation. Many of Dr. Wilson’s clients are “second-generation”
pediatric patients whose parents he served in earlier years. Dr. Wilson received special commendation in
1998 for 25 years of service to California Children’s Services.
collaboration with the University of California, San Diego,
and Rady Children’s Hospital
of San Diego, Dr. Wilson
has been involved in several research studies for vaccine trials in pediatric
patients. He is currently involved in an
effort to improve the early detection and treatment of autism.
flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of
Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences
to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the
citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of
education, research, clinical care, and public service. 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 colleges of Medicine
and Pharmacy plus an Allied Health Sciences unit in Knoxville,
as well as a College of Medicine campus in Chattanooga. For more information,