The Department of Surgery celebrated it’s 75th Anniversary in 2012. Click on the images of the department heads below to learn about our history.
Warren Henry Cole
Department Head 1936 – 1966
Warren Henry Cole was born in 1898 in Clay center, Kansas, and spent his boyhood days on his parents’ farm. His mother’s death due to complications from surgery launched Cole into a career in medicine that was distinguished by his dedication to teaching and research to improve the surgical care of patients. Cole received his MD from Washington University School of Medicine in 1920 and completed his internship and surgical residency at Barnes hospital. He became head of the department of surgery at the University of Illinois, a position he held until his retirement in 1966. During his lifetime, Cole accomplished his overall goal of training surgeons who would continue a level of excellence in research and teaching and continue improvement in patient care. The Warren H. Cole Chair in Surgery extends Cole’s legacy of advancing the art of surgery for the benefit of patients everywhere. The Warren H. Cole Society, chartered in 1960, promotes medical education and fosters the relationship between the departments of surgery and its alumni. The society currently has about 400 members worldwide.