Susan Chace Lottich Oral History Interview, 2019

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Creator:
Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
Abstract:
Dr. Susan Chace Lottich, MD, is a general surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant breast diseases in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1981, she became the first female surgeon to graduate from Duke where she completed her undergraduate education, medical school, residency, and a fellowship. This collection contains 1 oral history interview conducted on July 25, 2019 by Susannah Roberson as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. In the interview, Lottich discusses her early life; education; why she became a surgeon; why she chose Duke for her education and training; her experiences as the first female surgeon to graduate from Duke; her interest in breast cancer research, treatment, and patient advocacy; Sabiston's expectations from his surgery residents, and other memories of Sabiston.
Extent:
1 Interview (1 transcript) and 2.32 MB
Collection ID:
OH.LOTTICHS

Background

Scope and content:

Includes 1 oral history interview with Dr. Susan Chace Lottich conducted on July 25, 2019 by Susannah Roberson as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.

In the July 25, 2019 interview, Lottich discusses her early life; education; why she became a surgeon; why she chose Duke for her education and training; her experiences as the first female surgeon to graduate from Duke; her interest in breast cancer research, treatment, and patient advocacy; Sabiston's expectations from his surgery residents, and other memories of Sabiston.

Biographical / historical:

Dr. Susan Chace Lottich, MD, grew up as one of 6 siblings to a nurse mother and a father in the service. They lived in base housing and she attended public schools. She received a scholarship to attend Duke University for her undergraduate degree, graduating in 1977. She remained at Duke for medical school, graduating in 1981, as well as her surgical training, completing both her General Thoracic Surgery Residency and Fellowship at Duke. Lottich was the first female surgeon to graduate from Duke. While at Duke, she had a strong interest in breast cancer, and after completing her training, Lottich moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where she opened her own breast clinic.

Beginning during her medical education and throughout her career, Lottich has been involved in patient advocacy issues involving breast cancer. During her surgical training she became involved in the Y-ME patient advocacy group, which led to her help found the Y-ME chapter in Indianapolis where she practices medicine and runs her clinic.

Lottich is a member of the American College of Surgeons. She holds a faculty appointment at Indiana University and is involved with resident training. Lottich has served on the Board of the Wellness Center, American Cancer Society, and Little Red Door/United Way agencies, as well as participating in two ongoing Eli Lilly pharmaceutical research trials. In 2011, Lottich was named a "Top Doctor" for surgery in the "Indianapolis Monthly" magazine.
Lottich has two sons.

Acquisition information:
Accession A2022.038 (transferred by Mary-Russell Roberson, June 2022)
Processing information:

Processed by Lucy Waldrop: June 2022

Arrangement:
Organized into the following series: Interview, July 25, 2019.
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[Identification of item], Susan Chace Lottich Oral History Interview, Duke University Medical Center Archives.