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Past Presidential Addresses

Year President
1916 Samuel J. Mixter, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
President's Address
1917-19 John B. Wheeler, MD
Burlington, Vermont
President's Address
1920 Homer Gage, MD
Worcester, Massachusetts
President's Address
1921 John M. Gile, MD
Hanover, New Hampshire
Medical Education and the Medical Supply
1922 Charles A. Porter, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Some Changes in Medical Teaching and Surgery
1923 John F. Thompson, MD
Portland, Maine
The Nursing Problem
1924 Fred B. Lund, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
The Life and Writing of Hippocrates
1925 ohn W. Keefe, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Traditions of Medicine in Rhode Island
1926 William H. Bradford, MD
Portland, Maine
Some Fundamentals of Good Surgery
1927 Daniel F. Jones, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Problems of Surgery
1928 Robert B. Osgood, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
President's Address
1929 Philemon E. Truesdale, MD
Fall River, Massachusetts
Medical Illustrations of Antiquity to the Medical Audio
1930 David Cheever, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Forebears of the New England Surgical Society
1931 Alfred M. Rowley, MD
Hartford, Connecticut
Presidential Address
1932 Frank H. Lahey, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Some Remarks on Medical Economics
1933 Lyman Allen, MD
Burlington, Vermont
A Sketch of Vermont's Early Medical History
1934 Frederick B. Sweet, MD
Springfield, Massachusetts
Forty Years
1935 Peer P. Johnson, MD
Beverly, Massachusetts
The Contribution of the Community Hospital to Better Medical Service
1936 Daniel C. Patterson, MD
Bridgeport, Connecticut
President's Address
1937 Lucius C. Kingman, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Surgical Training in the Non-University Hospital
1938 ohn M. Birnie, MD
Springfield, Massachusetts
President's Address
1939 John Homans, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Minor Causalgia: A Hyperesthetic Neurovascular Syndrome
1940 Carl M. Robinson, MD
Portland, Maine
President's Address
1941 James B. Woodman, MD
Franklin, New Hampshire
President's Address
1942-44 Walter G. Phippen, MD
Salem, Massachusetts
The Role of the Community Hospital in Postgraduate Teaching
1945-46 James R. Miller, MD
West Hartford, Connecticut
Motivations and Opportunities
1947 Thomas H. Lanman, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
President's Address
1948 David W. Parker, MD
Manchester, New Hampshire
President's Address
1949 Emery M. Porter, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Better Surgery and Better Surgeons
1950 Edward H. Risley, MD
Waterville, Maine
The Influence of the Small Rural Hospital on the Advancement of Surgery in the New England States
1951 W. Jason Mixter, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
The Relation of the Surgeon to his Government
1952 Charles P. Chandler, MD
Montpelier, Vermont
President's Address
1953 John P. Bowler, MD
Hanover, New Hampshire
A Rededication?
1954 Ashley W. Oughterson, MD
New Haven, Connecticut
Surgery, Science and Society
1955 Irving J. Walker, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
In a Lifetime
1956 George W. Waterman, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Considerations for Discussion
1957 Donald Munro, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
On Choosing a Surgeon
1958 Samuel R. Webber, MD
Calais, Maine
Early Days in Maine Surgery
1959 Samuel F. Marshall, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
1960 Welles A. Standish, MD
Hartford, Connecticut
Role of the Nonuniversity Hospital in Surgical Resident Training
1961 Grantley W. Taylor, MD
Weston, Massachusetts
The Duty of the Society
1962 M. Dawson Tyson, MD
Hanover, New Hampshire
1963 Leland S. McKittrick, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
To What Purpose
1964 Albert G. Mackay, MD
Burlington, Vermont
Tomorrow's Surgeon
1965 Francis A. Sutherland, MD
Torrington, Connecticut
The Yale Medical Library
1966 George R. Dunlop, MD
Worcester, Massachusetts
The Challenge of Surgery in an Era of Confusion
1967 Marshall K. Bartlett, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Excellence in Surgery: Can We Have Both Quantity and Quality?
1968 Mark Hayes, MD
New Haven, Connecticut
Progress of Change
1969 Richard Warren, MD
Cambridge, Massachusetts
The Pursuit of Happiness
1970 Clinton R. Mullins, MD
Concord, New Hampshire
The Changing Socioeconomic Scene
1971 Bentley P. Colcock, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Our New England Heritage
1972 William W. Babson, MD
Gloucester, Massachusetts
The New England Surgical Society and the New England Surgeon
1973 J. Gordon Scannell, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men
1974 Thomas Perry, Jr., MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Surgery in a Rural Area
1975 John J. Byrne, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Regional Medical Societies. Academia and the American Medical Association
1976 Emerson H. Drake, MD
Portland, Maine
Our Economic Morass
1977 Gordon A. Donaldson, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
The First All New England Surgeon
1978 Frederick P. Ross, MD
Fitchburg, Massachusett
Master Surgeon, Teacher, Soldier, and Friend: Elliott Carr Cutler, MD (1888-1947)
1979 John R. Brooks, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
John Jeffries. Tory Surgeon During the Flowering of Boston Medicine, 1750 to 1800
1980 John F. Reed, MD
Hartford, Connecticut
Samuel Clemens and Family: The Hartford Connection and Hartford Physicians
1981 Earle W. Wilkins, Jr., MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Designation or Dedication. Seven Men in the Evolution of a Trauma Center
1982 Walter B. Crandell, MD
Hanover, New Hampshire
Hastening Headlong to a Dusty End? Can Ethics Clog the Flight?
1983 Fiorindo A. Simeone, MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Andreas Vesalius: Anatomist, Surgeon, Count Palatine, and Pilgrim
1984 William W. L. Glenn, MD
New Haven, Connecticut
Benjamin Franklin: Physician and Philosopher
1985 John W. Braasch, MD
Burlington, Massachusetts
The Lost Sheep
1986 William V. McDermott, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Surgical Disease in East Africa
1987 Joseph E. Murray, MD
Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts
The Many Faces of Surgery
1988 Clement A. Hiebert, MD
Portland, Maine
Seldom Come By. The Worthwhileness of a Career in Surgery
1989 James H. Foster, MD
Farmington, Connecticut
Some Eastern Thoughts for Northeastern Surgeons
1990 John F. Burke, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Who is Responsible for Progress?
1991 H. Brownell Wheeler, MD
Worcester, Massachusetts
The View of Surgery from Space
1992 John H. Davis, MD
Burlington, Vermont
Some Thoughts of a Trauma Surgeon
1993 W. Hardy Hendren, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Pediatric Surgery. Then and Now
1994 Andrew L. Warshaw, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Pancreatic Surgery. A Paradigm for Progress in the Age of the Bottom Line
1995 Robert W. Crichlow, MD
Lebanon, New Hampshire
The Evolution of a Contemporary Academic Health Care System
1996 Blake Cady, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Basic Principles in Surgical Oncology
1997 Paul Friedmann, MD
Springfield, Massachusetts
The Arduousness of Excellence
1998 Leslie W. Ottinger, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Commendably and With a Good Conscience
1999 Peter J. Deckers, MD
Farmington, Connecticut
Health Care Reform and Undergraduate Medical Education. Implications for Surgeons
2000 Ashby C. Moncure, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Tenax Propositi on Uncharted Seas
2001 H. David Crombie, MD
Hartford, Connecticut
The Surgeon's Art
2002 Roger S. Foster, Jr., MD
Shelburne, Vermont
Breast Cancer Detection and Treatment: A Personal and Historic Perspective
2003 Albert W. Dibbins, MD
Portland, Maine
Legacy
2004 Walter B. Goldfarb, MD
Portland, Maine
Frederick Henry Gerrish, M.D. (1845-1920): Portland's (Maine) Prescient Polymath
2005 A. Benedict Cosimi, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Surgeons and the Nobel Prize
2006 Robert M. Quinlan, MD
Worcester, Massachusetts
Gender and the Surgical Workforce
2007 John P. Welch, MD
Hartford, Connecticut
Whither Goest General Surgery
2008 Thomas A. Colacchio, MD
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Health, Society and the Surgeon: The News
2009 Francis D. Moore, Jr., MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Who Takes Responsibility
2010 Patricia K. Donahoe MD
Boston, Massachusetts
The Circuitous Road from Discovery to the Patient: Lessons Learned from Insulin, the Pill, Penicillin and Angiogenesis
2011 James C. Hebert, MD
Burlington, Vermont
Surgical Education: Sisyphus Pushes On
2012 Thomas F. Tracy, Jr., MD
Providence, Rhode Island
Surgical Dreamers and Their Incurable Disease
2013 Neil S. Yeston, MD
Hartford, Connecticut
Veni, Vidi, Existitus
2014 Frederick R. Radke, MD
Portland, Maine
Surgical Care in the State of Maine
2015 David L. Berger, MD
Boston, Massachusetts
Surgery: A Tradition Unlike Any Other
2016 Michael J. Zinner, MD
Coral Gables, Florida
It's Been an Honor and a Privilege
2017 Bruce J. Leavitt, MD
Burlington, Vermont
Zen and the Art of a New England Surgeon
2018 Robert J. Touloukian, MD
New Haven, Connecticut
The Surgical Mentorship of John Homans by Harvey Cushing: The Untold Story
2019 Richard J. Barth, Jr, MD
Lebanon, New Hampshire

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