The C. Morrison Schroeder Memorial Lectureship

Morrison Schroeder was born on July 11th, 1908 in Dixon, Illinois. Shortly after, his family moved to Racine, Wisconsin where he graduated from Racine High School in 1926. He attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1931. He then went on to attend medical school at Washington University, graduating with an MD in 1933. As so often happened in that era of surgical training, he trained at several different hospitals including a rotating internship at the Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, from January 1, 1934 to December 31, 1935. He then took a surgical internship at Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee from November 1936 to June of 1937. He spent six months at the Presbyterian Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico and finished his surgical residency at the Louisville City Hospital in 1939.

He served in the army from 1940-1946. Rumor has it that he thought physicians were not worthy of automatic rank, so he went in as an enlisted man. However, he was soon promoted to the rank of an officer. He entered private practice in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he was an attending at Columbia Hospital, Milwaukee County General Hospital, St. Luke's Hospital, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. It was at the latter institution that he spent considerable amount of time as a consultant running his surgical service. Every surgical resident at the old Marquette (later to become The Medical College of Wisconsin) surgical service rotated through Dr. Schroeder's service. He was a tough and demanding teacher whose interest was in the best care for the patient, as well as making sure that the young men he trained got the very best he could offer. He had strict criteria, holding the senior resident responsible for any and all activities on his service. Although the rotation was difficult and the men who trained under him may have disliked his rigidity, they are all grateful for his teaching. He is often commended as one of the shining lights in their surgical education.

His effort in the general community of surgery was in the ethical practice of surgery. He became a member of Wisconsin Surgical Society and sat on their ethics committee. As one of the senior members of the present Milwaukee surgical community relates, during ethics committee meetings, if you did not go along with Dr. Schroeder's opinion you spent lengthy hours in discussion as he persuaded you the right way of thinking. Wherever the Wisconsin Surgical Club went in the United States, surgeons knew and respected him.


Visiting Professor



 Steven Libutti, MD

 Montefiore Einstein Center
    for Cancer Care


 Pierre Alain Clavien, MD

 Grand Rounds Lecture video

 Professor and Director, Department of
     Visceral and Transplantation Surgery
 University Hospital, Zurich


 Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD

 (Newsletter article)

 President of the American Surgical Association
 Professor of Surgery, Wayne State University
 Trauma Director, Detroit Receiving Hospital


 Ronald W. Busuttil, MD, PhD

 Distinguished Professor and Executive Chairman
 William P. Longmire, Jr. Chair in Surgery; Chief of the
 Division of Liver and Pancreas Transplantation; Director
 of Pfleger Liver Institute; Department of Surgery;
 University of California, Los Angeles


 Timothy C. Flynn, MD

 Chief Medical Officer, Shands HealthCare, Gainesville, Florida
 Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs,
     University of Florida College of Medicine
 Professor, Department of Surgery


 Keith D. Lillemoe, MD

 The Massachusetts General Hospital
 Surgeon-in-Chief,  Chairman, Department of Surgery
 Harvard Medical School
 Professor of Surgery


 David A. Geller, MD

 University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
 Director, UPMC Liver and Pancreas Institute
 Co-Director, UPMC Liver Cancer Center
 Richard L. Simmons Professor of Surgery


 John A. Aucar, MD, MSHI

 University of Texas Health Center
 Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery


 John G. Hunter, MD

 Oregon Health and Science University
 MacKenzie Professor and Chairman
 Department of Surgery 


 James P. Neifeld, MD

 Virginia Commonwealth University's
 Medical College of Virginia
 Stuart McGuire Professor and Chairman
 Department of Surgery 


 Gary L. Dunnington, MD

 Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
 Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery 


 Shukri F. Khuri, MD

 Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital
 Professor of Surgery
 Vice Chairman, Department of Surgery


 Wallace P. Ritchie, Jr., MD, PhD

 The American Board of Surgery
 Retired Executive Director


 Russell G. Postier, MD

 University of Oklahoma
 John A. Schilling Professor and Chairman
 Department of Surgery 


 John J. Ricotta, MD

 State Universtiy of New York - Stony Brook
 University Hospital and Medical Center
 Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery 


 John L. Tarpley, MD

 Vanderbilt University
 Professor, Department of Surgery 


 Joseph C. Darin, MD

 Medical College of Wisconsin
 Emeritus Professor and Past Chairman of Emergency Medicine 


 Wayne Boulanger, MD

 Past Chairman and Chief of Staff
 Department of Surgery
 Columbia Hospital
 Clinical Professor of Surgery, MCW


 David Skinner, MD



 Lawrence Rikkers, MD



 Claude Organ, MD



 Ward Griffin, MD



 Tom Shires, MD



 C. Rollin Hanlon, MD



 David Sabiston, Jr., MD



 William P. Longmire, MD



 Arthur J. Donovan, MD



 Lloyd Nyhus, MD



 Mark Ravitch, MD



 Eugene M. Bricker, MD

 Washington University School of Medicine
 Emeritus Professor of Surgery 

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