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John Edward McKiernan

Department Bids Farewell to Faithful Employee

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Chairman of Department Named President of the Southern Surgical Association

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ULH Operating Suites Renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites

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Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi Receives KMA Educational Achievement Award

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Department Coordinator Debbie Krause Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

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From the Chairman

The University of Louisville, Department of Surgery, has a long and proud tradition of excellence. From its inception in 1837, when the University of Louisville served as the premier medical training ground for the western frontier of the United States, the Department. Surgery has been at the forefront of surgical education, patient care, and research.
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John Edward McKiernan

Department Bids Farewell to Faithful Employee

Beloved former Department of Surgery employee John Edward McKiernan, Jr. passed away Friday, March 1, 2019. He was 78.

A graduate of Flaget High School class of 1958 and Western Kentucky University, John was a proud U.S. Navy veteran and long-time member of St. Barnabas parish.

In the late 1960s John taught commercial business at Seneca, Fairdale, Western and Southern high Schools. He was employed for 20 years at the L&N Railroad and later at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Broadway Series. He retired from the University of Louisville Department of Surgery in 2009 after 12 years of service.

A seasoned world traveler, he was loved and remembered for his passion for dancing, Frank Sinatra music, his larger-than-life personality and generous heart. He possessed a natural gift for conversation and was interested in everyone who crossed his path. In his Flaget days he was the jitterbug king at just about every Catholic teen club in Louisville. He was especially proud of his Irish Catholic heritage and was admired and adored by everyone.

At John's request, expressions of sympathy may be made to Presentation Academy Development Office, 861 South Fourth Street, Louisville, KY 40202.

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Frank B. Miller, M.D. Surgical Suite

ULH Operating Suites Renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites

On July 18, the operating suites at University of Louisville Hospital were officially renamed the Frank B. Miller, MD Operating Suites in honor of the venerable Dr. Frank Miller, dedicated teacher, surgeon and humanitarian who committed much of his life to giving back through teaching and medical mission work. An accomplished surgeon and academician, Dr. Miller's kindness toward others shined bright throughout his life.

Dr. Frank Miller was an Indiana native and graduate of Indiana University School of Medicine. He served a tour of duty in Vietnam, where he was a captain, prior to general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. He joined the University of Louisville Department of Surgery faculty in 1984.

Dr. Miller rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery, where he enjoyed a distinguished career as a surgeon and educator, and served as Chief of Surgery at University of Louisville Hospital for more than a decade. He was Chief of General Surgery, Director of Surgical Education and Director of Trauma.

Dr. Miller was a highly respected surgeon who was a member of several prestigious surgical societies. He had numerous leadership roles on a local, state and national level and lectured throughout the world. He published more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters and received innumerable teaching awards—so many that one such award was subsequently named in his honor. Dr. Miller had a long history of international medical service in third-world countries on three continents.

Dr. Miller was the safety net for a generation of surgical residents, who always called upon him to help with the most difficult situations. He practiced general, vascular and trauma surgery with the greatest skill and compassion imaginable. He improved or saved the lives of innumerable patients. He was adored by an entire generation of medical students, residents, fellows, nurses and other healthcare professionals for his teaching skill and compassion. His service to University of Louisville Hospital was unrivaled.

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Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi at the KMA Annual Meeting

Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi Receives KMA Educational Achievement Award

The Kentucky Medical Association presented its Educational Achievement Award to Bradon Wilhelmi, MD at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25.

The award is presented to individuals who have made outstanding contributions and achievements in the area of continuing medical education. Dr. Wilhelmi is a Chair of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

He was recognized for his efforts to revitalize UofL’s Plastic Surgery Residency program. Since joining the faculty in 2007, Dr. Wilhelmi worked to revamp the program, and since his changes were implemented, the program’s annual in-service scores have improved by 200 percent, and the board pass rate has been 100 percent since he came to the Department. His mentorship of students involved in research projects has culminated in 100 scientific research publications and 25 textbook chapters. He was lauded by colleagues for having a passion and dedication to teaching and has mentored more than 25 residents and 75 medical students.

“Dr. Wilhelmi carries substantial teaching responsibilities, which he fulfills in an outstanding manner,” said colleague and KMA past-president Gordin Tobin, MD. “The formal teaching programs and quizzes he organizes are most effective in keeping our residents broadly informed and up-to-date, as demonstrated by our residents’ high performance level on in-service and Board examinations, as well as in clinical skill evaluations.”

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Debbie Krause

Department Coordinator Debbie Krause
Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Debbie Krause, Department of Surgery coordinator, received the inaugural Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the UofL School of Medicine Dean’s Appreciation Reception, Nov. 13. The Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award was created by School of Medicine Dean Toni Ganzel, MD, as a special recognition for employees who have served the school with excellence for many years. Debbie has worked for the Department of Surgery for nearly 45 years. During her tenure, she has completed a variety of tasks in service to UofL with the greatest loyalty, professionalism, competence and grace.

“Debbie exemplifies the excellence we strive to achieve in the department. Throughout the course of her career, Debbie has always paid meticulous attention to detail and plans well in advance for every possible contingency. She is the consummate ambassador for the University, as she is our liaison with countless other institutions and leaders in American medicine and surgery,” said Kelly McMasters, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery. “She exudes warmth for our medical students and residents, as well as new and veteran faculty and co-workers. She remembers the names of their spouses and children, as well as special details about each and every one of them. For her role in coordinating our visiting lectureships and grand rounds programs, Debbie is the perfect host and continually receives letters of praise from visiting professors and their staff.”

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