Dr. Basil A. Pruitt, Jr., M.D., Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will be the speaker at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Friends of The P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library, Thursday, November 7, 2013. He will speak on the topic, San Antonio’s National and International Center of Excellence for Burn Care and Research.
Dr. Pruitt, a graduate of Harvard College and the Tufts University School of Medicine, began his affiliation with the burn center when he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston as a draftee in 1959. He completed his residency there in 1964, and was named Chief of the Burn Study Branch and Chief of the Clinical Division that same year.
In his early days at Fort Sam Houston, Dr. Pruitt traveled regularly to Viet Nam, where he provided medical care for wounded soldiers during air transport to an Army hospital in Yokahama, Japan. After they were stabilized he would accompany the soldiers back to Texas for treatment. In 1967, Dr. Pruitt volunteered for a tour of duty at the 12th Evacuation Hospital in Viet Nam, where he served as Chief of Professional Services. When he returned to San Antonio he was named Commander and Director of the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, a post he held for 27 years.
The Annual Dinner and Presentation of the Friends of the P.I. Nixon Medical Historical Library will take place at 6:30 p.m. on the evening of November 7 at the Old San Francisco Steakhouse, 10223 Sahara Street in San Antonio. Everyone is welcome, and paid sponsorships are available for students in any of the UT Health Science Center’s academic programs. Sponsorships include a one year membership in the Friends group. For more information, or to inquire about student sponsorships, contact Susan Hunnicutt, Special Projects Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 210-567-2406.