Reese Hospital, which, at the end of the 20th century,
was a major research and teaching hospital. These experiences clearly left an impression on the young man.
“I could not have chosen more meaningful work,” he
said. “It is especially rewarding to see young surgeons
develop.” The residents he teaches at Rush give Dr. Richter reason for optimism. “The residents are every bit as
committed to becoming good surgeons as we were.”
In Mississippi since the Civil War
The Gamble family represents another surgical dynasty
and, like the Richter family, a Gamble family member
was involved in establishing the College. “There’s been
a Gamble practicing surgery in Mississippi since the Civil
War,” said retired thoracic surgeon Hugh A. Gamble II,
MD, FACS, Greenville, MS.
The Gamble family’s surgical tradition began with
William Gaston Gamble, MD, who ran a practice from
his home in Lee County, MS, until his death in 1920. His
son, Hugh Agnew Gamble, born in 1876, became a nationally known surgeon who crossed racial divides in the
Jim Crow South to provide high-quality surgical care. In
1915 he founded what would become the multispecialty
Gamble Brothers Clinic. An ACS founder and later a Governor, Dr. Gamble provided surgical and gynecological
care, and his brother Paul handled urologic cases. For
nearly 50 years, they built the reputation of the Gamble
name in surgical care.*
“Growing up, I was surrounded by medical talk,”
said Dr. Hugh Gamble. “Discussions around our dinner
table were always about medicine. My dad [Lyne Starling
Gamble, MD] would talk about difficult patients and arguments he was having with the hospital, and my mother
was a nurse. Doctors have always had arguments with
hospital [administrators]. Sometimes the discussion would
be about how state and local government were affecting
“There’s been a Gamble practicing surgery in Mississippi
since the Civil War,” said retired thoracic surgeon
Hugh A. Gamble II, MD, FACS, Greenville, MS.
Four Gamble family
portraits, from top:
Dr. William Gamble,
Drs. Hugh and Paul Gamble,
and Dr. Hugh Gamble II.
*Trotter MC. Hugh Agnew Gamble, MD, FACS: A legacy to the College. Bull
Am Coll Surg. 2014:99( 12): 43-48. Available at: bulletin.facs.org/2014/12/hugh-
agnew-gamble-md-facs-a-legacy-to-the-college. Accessed February 19, 2016.