Interview with Ward O. Griffen, Jr., November 30, 1985

Dr. Ward Griffen, Jr. (Chair of the Department of Surgery, 1967-1986) discusses becoming a surgeon, attending Princeton, Cornell, and the University of Minnesota, and then coming to the University of Kentucky as associate professor of surgery. Griffen speaks at length about the state of medical education, which he believes is in decline, and the state of medicine in general. He discusses the need for better training of medical students and the large role of technology in medicine, to the determent of patient care. Other topics include his time as the chair of surgery, analysis of Willard, Eiseman and Bosomworth's administrations, the financial end of running a teaching hospital, and the relationship of the UK and U. of Louisville medical schools.

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Academic medical centers--Kentucky--Lexington   Bosomworth, Peter P., 1930-   Chandler, Happy, 1898-1991   Clark, Thomas Dionysius, 1903-2005   Dickey, Frank Graves   Eiseman, Ben, 1917-   Griffen, Ward O., Jr.   Griffen, Ward O., Jr.--Interviews   Health facilities--Kentucky--Lexington   Hospitals Administration   Kentucky. General Assembly   Kentucky. Governor (1967-1971 : Nunn)   Medical education   Medicine--Kentucky--Lexington   Mouth--Surgery   Oswald, John W. (John Wieland), 1917-1995   Physicians--Kentucky--Lexington   Rural health--Kentucky   Singletary, Otis A.   Surgery   University of Kentucky   University of Kentucky. College of Medicine--History   University of Kentucky. Medical Center   University of Kentucky. Medical Center--History   Willard, William R., 1908-  

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