Distinguished Alumni Thomas E. Whitesides, MD, visits Washington University Orthopaedics



Many years have passed since Thomas E. Whitesides, MD, stepped foot on the Washington University Medical Campus, and numerous changes have occurred since he was once a resident here. On Friday, August 31, 2018, Dr. Whitesides was greeted by current residents Chis Cosgrove, MD, Marie Morris, MD, Zach Meyer, MD, and Jordan Stivers, MD, for a lighthearted discussion and reflection on Dr. Whitesides’ orthopaedic residency training.

Dr. Whitesides began his path towards medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was encouraged by his mentor, Robert P. Kelly, MD, to pursue a career in academic medicine. Dr. Whitesides traveled to Washington University School of Medicine for his orthopaedic surgery residency, where he trained under the esteemed Fred C. Reynolds, MD.

After completing his training, Dr. Whitesides returned to Emory University as a faculty member, where he formed an official Orthopaedic Surgery Department and served as chair for eight years. He also founded the spine fellowship program, and was director of the program until he retired. Dr. Whitesides devoted his entire career to Emory University, serving on faculty for a total of forty years.  

Dr. Whitesides also served on the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS), and was named a Distinguished Service Award Winner for the Georgia Orthopaedic Society (GOS) in 2009. The GOS now has a Resident’s Award in his name.

Dr. Whitesides is widely known for his innovative spine procedures for tuberculosis patients and was the first to recognize compartment syndrome, and he credits his orthopaedic surgery residency training at Washington University for shaping his career as an orthopaedic surgeon.

The visit concluded with a tour of the resident space and a few photos to commemorate the afternoon. Dr. Whitesides is Washington University Orthopaedics’ oldest living alumni.






About the Washington University Orthopaedic Residency Program

The Washington University Orthopaedic Residency Program is ranked as the #3 residency program in the country by US News & World Report and Doximity. The program offers young orthopaedic surgeons opportunities to benefit from a unique combination of resources through diverse clinical care settings, research and teaching.