Interview, January 20, 2022

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Duke University. Medical Center. Department of Surgery.
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This oral history interview was conducted with Dr. Courtney M. Townsend Jr on January 20, 2022 by Taylor Patterson as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project.

Duration: 00:31:58

During the interview, Townsend discusses his background; his decision to become a surgeon; his education and training; his time in the Navy, becoming the Editor-In-Chief for the "Textbook of Surgery" after Dr. David Sabiston, as well as his experiences in that role; Sabiston's influence on the field of surgery; how Townsend shaped surgical resident education at his institution; the importance of developing a workforce that looks like the population being served; and his memories of Sabiston and his wife Agnes (Aggie) Barden Sabiston. Digital files include transcript (DOCX), interview (M4A), and consent form (PDF).

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