Dr. Thomas E. Gillespie ’57

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Wall of Fame Class of 2008

Dr. Thomas E. Gillespie ‘57 served as a faculty member in the Department of Orthopedics, University of Maryland School of Medicine, from 1983 until his death in 2005. Dr. Gillespie graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and was a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Dr. Gillespie completed his orthopedic and plastic/reconstructive surgery residencies at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Iowa. With the exception of a short tenure at the Louisiana State University School of Medicine, Dr. Gillespie’s entire career was dedicated to the University of Maryland. In 2004, he won the Teaching Award presented by graduating orthopedic chief residents. As a fitting testimony to his accomplishments, the University of Maryland’s Department of Orthopedics established the Thomas E. Gillespie Award for Excellence in Orthopedics. The award presentation is made each year to the graduating medical student who most personifies the ideals of excellence in patient care and scholarship and aspires to a career in orthopedics. The University of Maryland’s Medical School also dedicated the Thomas E. Gillespie Orthopedic Learning Center in honor of Dr. Gillespie’s commitment to resident and medical school education.

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