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December 1, 2004

Stanford University School of Medicine

Arch Surg. 2004;139(12):1276-1277. doi:10.1001/archsurg.139.12.1276

The Department of Surgery at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif, has a rich tradition dedicated to the future in the very forward-looking Silicon Valley and grounded in the Halstedian tradition of clinical excellence, which began with its founding chair, Emile Frederick Holman, MD. Holman was the last resident to train with Halsted and was appointed the first chair of the Department of Surgery in 1926. Holman had been an undergraduate at Stanford and served as the “right-hand man” to its first president, David Starr Jordan, PhD. Holman was Stanford’s second Rhodes Scholar (1914-1917) and was then admitted to The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md, as a fourth-year student, graduating 1 year later, and elected to Alpha Omega Alpha.