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 K. Libutti, MD (PDF)

(Grand Rounds lecture video)

Director, Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care
The Marvin L. Gliedman, MD Distinguished Surgeon
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Surgery
Professor, Department of Genetics
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Montefiore Medical Center


Pierre Alain Clavien, MD (PDF)

(Grand Rounds lecture video)

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


Anna M. Ledgerwood, MD

(Newsletter article) (PDF)

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


Ronald W. Busuttil, MD, PhD (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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 (PDF)

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


John G. Hunter, MD (PDF)

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


James P. Neifeld, MD (PDF)

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


Gary L. Dunnington, MD (PDF)

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


Shukri F. Khuri, MD (PDF)

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


Wallace P. Ritchie, Jr., MD, PhD (PDF)

The American Board of Surgery
Retired Executive Director


Russell G. Postier, MD (PDF)

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


John J. Ricotta, MD (PDF)

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


John L. Tarpley, MD (PDF)

Vanderbilt University
Professor, Department of Surgery


Joseph C. Darin, MD (PDF)

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 (PDF)

Washington University School of Medicine
Emeritus Professor of Surgery