“My grandfather grew up on a farm. His parents were
sharecroppers, but he understood that education was
important. He didn’t go through a formal residency, but
he learned procedures by taking several trips to the Mayo
Clinic in [Rochester,] Minnesota.” The younger Dr. Green
would spend his vacation days during college in the operating room (OR) with his uncle, Marvin T. Green, Jr.,
“My relatives were my early mentors, and they all
truly inspired me. I also looked at my medical school
chairman, John C. McDonald, MD, FACS, and my residency chairman, [a Past First-Vice-President of the ACS]
R. Phillip Burns, MD, FACS, and so many others along
the way, almost like family members.
“Clearly, I had some great role models,” he said. Several members of his family are medical practitioners. His
father, James D. Green, MD, is a retired radiologist; his
brother Andrew E. Green, MD, is a gynecologic oncologist; and his father’s first cousin, M. Ragan Green, Jr., MD,
is an orthopaedic surgeon. “It was not unusual for people
to bring us fresh vegetables because my grandfather had
operated on one of their relatives,” said Dr. Jim Green.
Today he strives to deliver the same type of patient-cen-tered care. “I get the same sense of satisfaction as my
mentors did in solving complex problems,” he said.
A family of surgical accomplishment
Like the other surgeons profiled here, ACS Executive
Director David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, grew up in a family
defined by surgical accomplishment. His father, Walter
A. Hoyt, Jr., MD, FACS, was an esteemed orthopaedist
in Akron, OH, who helped establish the musculoskeletal
curriculum at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of
Medicine and Pharmacy (now the Northeast Ohio Medical University) and founded Summa Health System’s
Walter A. Hoyt, Jr. Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory in Akron.
His colleagues described Dr. Walter Hoyt, Jr., as a charismatic man of substance and humor, a surgical mentor,
and a jack-of-all-trades. He served as President of the ACS
Ohio Chapter (1964−1965).
Three Hoyt family
top: Dr. Walter A.
Hoyt, Sr., Dr. Walter
A. Hoyt, Jr., and
Dr. David Hoyt.
“I grew up hearing stories about my grandfather from all
different kinds of people,” said [Dr. John Green]. All of the stories
had a similar theme. “A family member had been treated with
compassion and skill and held my grandfather in high regard.”