Gregory S. Georgiade Oral History Interview, 2022

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Creator:
Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
Abstract:
Dr. Gregory S. Georgiade, MD, a surgeon, has spent his career at Duke. His roles include Associate Professor of Surgery; Division Chief of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery in the Department of Surgery (2011-2017); Vice-Chair of Clinical Practice in the Department of Surgery (2015-2020); and a Master Surgeon (2017). This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on February 17, 2022 by Dr. Konstantinos Economopoulos as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. In the interview, Georgiade discusses his background, education, why he wanted to become a surgeon, how he came to Duke for his surgical training, how differently Sabiston treated medical students from the residents, Sabiston's high expectations for residents, how Sabiston should be recognized for his insight and surgical innovation for his program at Duke, and other memories of Sabiston.
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1 Interview (1 transcript) and 20.0 MB
Collection ID:
OH.GEORGIADEG

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Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Gregory S. Georgiade conducted on February 17, 2022 by Dr. Konstantinos Economopoulos as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.

In the February 17, 2022 interview, Georgiade discusses his background, education, why he wanted to become a surgeon, how he came to Duke for his surgical training, how differently Sabiston treated medical students from the residents, Sabiston's high expectations for residents, how Sabiston should be recognized for his insight and surgical innovation for his program at Duke, and other memories of Sabiston.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Gregory S. Georgiade, MD was born at Duke Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, on November 16, 1947. At the time both of his parents were medical students. His father, Dr. Nicholas Georgiade, an international leader in plastic surgery, was a Duke Surgery Professor and former Chief of the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial and Reconstructive Surgery at Duke (1975-1985). Gregory Georgiade attended preparatory school in Connecticut and received his BS in Chemistry in 1970 from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. While in college, Georgiade was a competitive swimmer and spent his summers working as scrub assistant in the operating room. After graduation, he attended the Duke University School of Medicine and graduated with his medical degree in 1973. Dr. David C. Sabiston recruited Georgiade to the General Surgery training program as an intern in 1973. Georgiade completed his General Surgery Residency in 1978, and in the same year, he began his Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Duke. As a resident, he assisted in Duke's first microvascular free flap transfer. After Georgiade completed his plastic surgery training, Sabiston appointed him to the Surgery faculty.

Georgiade started his career as both a general surgeon and a plastic surgeon. He is known for his meticulous technical abilities in a broad array of surgical fields, including oncologic and reconstructive breast cancer surgery, general surgery, trauma surgery, maxillofacial surgery, and cleft lip and palate surgery. This multitude of technical surgical skills make him unique in the modern era of plastic surgery. In addition to his technical skills, Georgiade is well versed in the operational organization of the hospital. In 1985, he helped establish Duke Life Flight, the first hospital-based transport service in North Carolina, and became Medical Director of this program. Along with this, Georgiade led other critical hospital systems including perioperative services and the Duke Transfer Center. He led the creation of the Duke Aesthetic Center (1998), and he served as the Vice-Chairman for Finance for the Department of Surgery starting in 2004. From 2011 to 2017, he was Chief of the Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Oral Surgery. He rose to the rank of Professor of Surgery.

Georgiade has authored over 80 publications in major journals and over 50 chapters. He has edited four major textbooks of plastic surgery, including Georgiade Plastic, Maxillofacial, and Reconstructive Surgery. In 2017, by virtue of his exceptional contributions to Duke Surgery, he was named a Master Surgeon. This honor is bestowed to establish a living memory of an individual who has embodied the ideals of Duke Surgery, with the expectation that reflection on this illustrious career will serve as a guidepost for those aspiring to a life in the art of science of surgery.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2022.055 (transferred by Mary-Russell Roberson, July 2022)
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Processed by Lucy Waldrop: August 2022

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Organized into the following series: Interview, February 17, 2022.
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