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Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD, and the US Army Institute for Surgical Research

Five decades of science, clinical care, mentorship, and leadership

Stewart, Ronald M. MD

Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery: November 2017 - Volume 83 - Issue 5 - p 761–764
doi: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001681
Proceedings from the 2016 Festschrift Honoring Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D.

ABSTRACT Over the past half century, Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., a great citizen, surgeon, innovator, mentor, and leader, transformed our world through his dogged commitment to science and service to humanity. Dr. Pruitt’s contribution lives on in the work of the US Army Institute of Surgical Research and the surgeons, physicians and scientists he shaped and inspired.

From the Department of Surgery, UT Health San Antonio, University Hospital, San Antonio, Texas.

Submitted August 4, 2017, Revised: August 7, 2017, Accepted: August 9, 2017, Published online: August 24, 2017.

This was a lecture presented at the Festschrift for Prof. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas, on April 8, 2016.

Presented April 8, 2016, Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., MD Festschrift, San Antonio, Texas.

Address for reprints: Ronald M. Stewart, MD, Professor and Chairman, Witten B. Russ Professor and Chair of Surgery, Department of Surgery, MC 7840, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229; email:

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