Endowed Lectures

Endowed Lectures

Thanks to the generous support of many individuals and groups, the University of Louisville Department of Medicine and its divisions host several endowed lectures as part of their Grand Rounds lecture series.

That support is greatly appreciated as it contributes to the continuing education of the department's faculty, fellows, residents and students.

In addition to the traditional Chairman's Derby Lecture presented the week of the world-famous Kentucky Derby, the University of Louisville Department of Medicine hosts seven other "named" lectures.

Those lectures include:

John Walker Moore, M.D.John Walker Moore, M.D., was born in McConnellsville, South Carolina, and earned a BS degree at North Carolina’s Davidson College in 1906. He began medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1912.

After an internship at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, he came to the University of Louisville as an instructor of pathology and bacteriology in 1915.

In 1917, he joined the U.S. Army as a captain and served overseas for 18 months with the American Expeditionary Force as Officer in Charge of Laboratories at the hospital center in Nantes, France.

Dr. Moore returned to Louisville in 1923 and was named chairman of the University of Louisville Department of Medicine as well as Staff Executive of Louisville General Hospital.

When Dean Stuart Graves resigned his post in 1928, Dr. Moore served in the interim administrative committee until his eventual appointment as dean at the end of that year and continued in those posts until 1949.

During his administration, the School of Medicine survived the Great Depression and the 1937 flood. It also added an annex at First and Chestnut streets, offered accelerated training during World War II, and in 1948 became the first unit of the University to receive regular state appropriations.

Dr. Moore retired as dean in 1949 and was the Alben W. Barkley Professor of Medicine until his death in 1952.

He is known for his work in cardiography, basal metabolism, blood chemistry as well as a dye-dilution method for determining cardiac output which he developed with J. Murray Kinsman.

David H. Neustadt, M.D.Throughout his more than 50-year career, David H. Neustadt, M.D., FACP, MACR, has made a lasting mark in the field of rheumatology.

Specializing in arthritis and rheumatic diseases, Dr. Neustadt received one of the first fellowships in rheumatic diseases from the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases.

Dr. Neustadt's areas of special interest include intra-articular injection therapy, corticosteroids in rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder disorders and spondylitis. He has authored more than 150 scientific publications, numerous chapters in rheumatologic texts and three medical textbooks, and given more than 150 presentations in the United States, Europe and South America.

As a leader in his field, Dr. Neustadt has been the recipient of numerous awards. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), and in 1992 was named a Master of the ACR. In 1997, Dr. Neustadt was honored by the ACR as the recipient of the Distinguished Rheumatologist Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in the field of rheumatology.

He is on the board of directors of the Kentucky Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, the Lupus Foundation of America and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Medical Writers Association, and the American Medical Authors Association.

Dr. Neustadt continues to serve as clinical professor of medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and also served as chief of the Division of Rheumatology. He continues to practice the specialty of rheumatology and teach fellows, medical house staff and medical students at U of L.

To honor Dr. Neustadt's commitment to rheumatic diseases, the David H. Neustadt, M.D., Fund for Rheumatology was created in the University of Louisville School of Medicine. This endowment benefits the Division of Rheumatology and supports fellowships and training, research opportunities, and special lectures and noted guest speakers.

George W. Pedigo Jr., M.D., FACPSponsored by the George W. Pedigo Fellowship Fund, the Pedigo Lecture was established in 1988 by Louisville natives Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hook.

The first annual George W. Pedigo Lecture was held on September 8, 1988. Dr. Pedigo chose his friend Dr. Edward W. Hook as the Visiting professor to present the first of the annual lectures.

George W. Pedigo Jr., M.D., FACP, was a native of Glasgow, Kentucky and he received his medical degree from the University of Louisville in 1938.

He joined the faculty of the University of Louisville in 1946, following training in Internal Medicine and service in the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

Dr. Pedigo was a former Governor of the American College of Physicians and Life Member of the University of Louisville Board of Overseers.

He was promoted to Emeritus Professor of Medicine in March 1981.

Dr. Pedigo received Kentucky's first Laureate award and was a made a Master in 1991. He passed away in July 1999.

He is remembered as an avid supporter of the Department of Medicine and an outstanding physician and academician.

Theodore Segal, M.D.The Theodore Segal Lecture fund was established December 7, 1982, in memory of an outstanding member of the academic community and a humanitarian.

Dr. Segal received his dental degree from the University of Louisville in 1954 and his orthodontic training at Tufts University in 1956.

He joined the staff of the University of Louisville Dental School in 1969 on a part-time basis, where he was one of the two founders of the new Department of Orthodontics. He maintained his faculty association until his death.

A veteran of World War II, Dr. Segal was a member of many dental and orthodontic associations and held offices in the Louisville and Kentucky Orthodontic Associations. He was also a member of the Kentucky Health Systems Agency and an active member of Alpha Omega professional fraternity.

Dr. Segal contributed to the education of many generations of orthodontists. Ted, as his colleagues and students knew him, always gave unselfishly of this time and talents.

His friendly disposition and willingness to help were almost proverbial, even though never imposed on anybody.

He died in 1982 of cancer and his family bequeathed this lectureship in Medical Oncology in his honor.

Charles C. Smith Jr., M.D., FACPThe Charles C. Smith Jr. Annual Lectureship in Medicine was established in 1987 in honor of Dr. Smith and as a memorial to his dear friend and patient, Armor Hugh Platt Taylor.

Mr. Taylor was fascinated by Dr. Smith’s bedside teaching of tutorial students. Mr. Taylor’s wife, Dr. Letitia S. Kimsey, a former medical microbiology teacher, endowed this lectureship.

Charles C. Smith Jr., M.D., FACP, grew up in the Appalachian community of Fonde, Ky. He attended Georgetown College and graduated summa cum laude.

In 1955, he received his medical degree from the University of Louisville where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

He completed a rotating internship at University Hospital and Hillman Clinic in Birmingham, Ala., then served as a U.S. Air Force flight surgeon for three years before completing his Internal Medicine residency at the University of Louisville Hospitals. He served as Chief Resident from 1960-61.

Dr. Smith was known as a consummate diagnostician, spending four decades taking exceptional care of his patients. Since 1961, he has served as clinical faculty at the University of Louisville, rising from Instructor to Clinical Professor of Medicine in 1985.

He welcomed medical students into his practice and always emphasized the importance of getting patients' medical histories. "The history is everything," he asserts. "A patient will usually tell you everything you need to make the diagnosis."

Dr. Smith was named one of the nation's "Best Doctors" in 1980. He was known as the "doctor to the doctors" for many years before retiring from private practice in 2001.

He has been involved with many organizations, including serving terms as president for the Innominate Society for the Study of Medical History, the Louisville Society of Internists, the Jefferson County Medical Society, and the Kentucky Medical Society (KMA), as well as Governor of the American College of Physicians.

Since 2006, he has served as Editor of Vital Signs, the Greater Louisville Medical Society’s patient education quarterly publication.

Dr. Smith received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from Georgetown College in 1973, Alumni Service Award from U of L in 1987, Physician Laureate Award (Kentucky Chapter) from the American College of Physicians in 1991, Distinguished Alumnus Award from U of L School of Medicine in 1993, Excellence in Primary Care Award at the Caritas Foundation Doctors' Ball in 2004, Distinguished Service Award from the Kentucky Medical Association in 2008, and was named 2009 Ephraim McDowell Physician of the Year.

Dr. Smith continues to serve the community by making laundry runs for Hospital Hospitality House, serving as a key contact on KMA's National Legislative Activities Committee, serving on the Board of the Family Health Centers, developing a St. Catharine College health sciences satellite training center at the restored U.S. Marine Hospital to create "better health and better jobs in the Portland community" and supporting Red Bird Mission's health and wellness outreach in eastern Kentucky.

He and his wife, Rosemary together they have raised four children.

Nancy Middleton SmithIt is in loving memory of Nancy Middleton Smith that this lectureship is established by her grandson and University of Louisville School of Medicine alumnus Smith H. Gibson, M.D.

Nancy Middleton Smith was born in Evarts, Kentucky on January 12, 1874. She was a daughter of Judge James H. Middleton and Elizabeth Wynn Middleton. She married N.B. Smith on January 28, 1895. The eldest child of this marriage was Bell Smith Gibson, mother of Smith H. Gibson.

Smith, though possessing limited formal schooling herself, was exceedingly bright intellectually, encouraging her children and grandchildren to become educated to their fullest capacity.

She would be highly pleased that a grandson and two great grandsons have graduated with honors from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a great granddaughter from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Numerous other progeny have distinguished themselves as students elsewhere.

She was noted for her qualities of warmth and generosity. She ministered to the sick, consoled the bereaved, fed the poor, encouraged the downtrodden, and inspired the young, all the while committing her deep devotion to a large mountain family. A devout Baptist, she was truly in the ways of God.

Smith suffered periodically in her last years from an undefined cardiopulmonary disease and succumbed to acute pulmonary edema on August 19, 1927, at 53 years of age.

Beverly Todd Towery, M.D.Beverly Todd Towery, M.D., was born in 1915 and thus was just the right age to be a part of the dramatic advances in medicine during and after World War II.

He loved the clinical aspect of his profession and he gloried in teaching.

He was at his best when doing either one, whether it was as an Army doctor during the invasion of Italy or on rounds in a teaching hospital, with students at his side.

He grew up in southern Kentucky and went to Western Kentucky State College where he received a bachelor's degree in 1936. He went to Vanderbilt University's School of Medicine and graduated first in his class.

Dr. Towery interned at Vanderbilt Hospital and spent a year as a resident in pathology at Mallory Institute in Boston.

For the following three years he was in uniform in the combat zones of Italy and France and emerged from the war a Major.

A civilian again, he became a senior resident in medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital where he had the opportunity to work with Fuller Albright, which led to a lifelong preoccupation with endocrinology.

Subsequently, he spent two years as a fellow at Thorndike Memorial Laboratory at Boston City Hospital, working with Robert Williams.

Dr. Towery returned to Vanderbilt, a Markle Scholar and the first chief of a newly established Endocrine Division. In July 1956, he became professor and chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville.

With his arrival, the students and house staff saw a dramatic surge in the quantity and quality of bedside teaching, not only by Dr. Towery himself, but by newly-motivated faculty members.

Away from the demands of medicine he found relaxation in cabinetmaking – furniture for the suburban home he shared with his wife, Jane, and their three children, Lynn, Todd and Anne – or diving and tennis, two sports in which he excelled.

In 1970, Dr. Towery asked for release as chairman of the department in order to become chief of the Section of Endocrinology.

In the next few years he was able to devote full attention to his favorite medical activity, bedside teaching.

In 1974, he was struck by viral encephalitis. He never fully recovered and was unable to resume his brilliant career in teaching; he passed in June 1981.

In an attempt to honor the memory of this teacher, clinician, friend and gentleman, his colleagues in the medical community have established this lectureship.