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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: Dr. Oscar Creech

Distinguished Tulane Medical and Public Health Faculty and Tulane Health Sciences Alumni. Selected highlights on their contributions to medical science.


Dr. Oscar Creech, no. 1523

Dr. Oscar Creech

Matas Library Photograph Collection, no. 1523

Biography: Dr. Oscar Creech, Jr. (1916-1967)

Dean, School of Medicine, 1967
Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1956 - 1968

Along with Edward Krementz, MD and Robert F Ryan, MD, Dr. Creech developed the technique of regional perfusion at Tulane in 1957, useful in cases of malignant melanoma, soft tissue sarcomas in the limbs and some pelvic cancers.

Dr. Creech was also one of 10 recipients of the Modern Medicine Distinguished Scientist Award in 1965.

Excerpt below from Tulane  University of Louisiana. The Tulane Medical Alumni Association 1993-94 Calendar:
Oscar Creech, a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, completed his residency in surgery at Tulane under Dr. Ochsner and became chairman of the department of Surgery in 1956 following Dr. Ochsner's retirement.

Dr. Creech became Dean in 1967 during a formative period in the establishment of the Tulane Medical Center.  While his two immediate predecessors had championed the need for a hospital controlled by the university (Matas through the Hutchinson bequest and Ochsner through the eventual Ochsner Foundation), Dean Creech finally convinced a reluctant Board of Administrators of the critical need, resulting in the commitment to build a university hospital.

Dr. Creech was an internationally recognized leader in Vascular Surgery, becoming President of the American Surgical Association during a "golden era" of progress in surgery.  He was also esteemed because of his human qualities, and his gentlemanly and scholarly demeanor.

-by Robert L. Hewitt, M.D. ('59) 

Obituary & Biographical - Arch. Surg. 96:483-4 (March 1968); J. Cardiovas.Surg. 9:209-210, 1968; OPMS Bull. 39, (18 February, 1968); Tulane Medicine 15(3):9 (Sep/Oct 1984).

Ochsner JL. Dr. Oscar Creech Jr. J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 1968 Mar-Apr;9(2):210-1. PMID: 4873320.

 Creech, Oscar, Jr. (14 Nov. 1916–22 Dec. 1967) / by Rachel N. Pittman, 1979 - website, NCpedia @ the State Library of North Carolina.  

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