GHS receives first of its kind gift to support surgery department

GREENVILLE, S.C. (March 20, 2017)—Dr. H. Harlan Stone is a legend in the field of surgery and he’s forever leaving his mark on the Greenville Health System Department of Surgery.

Dr. Stone and his late wife, Jean Martin Stone, have made a $2 million donation to create the Stone Chair of Surgery, a first of its kind endowment at GHS.

“We have been impressed by the quality and dedication of the GHS Surgery Department’s members as well as residents,” Dr. Stone said. “All of them put the interest of the patient first.”

The endowment will play an important role in the development, growth and stature of the GHS Department of Surgery, including the support of clinical research.

“We are most grateful for this gift,” said Dr. Gene Langan, who is serving as the first Stone Chair of Surgery. “Dr. Stone has made an impact on our department and we intend to honor the legacy of him and Mrs. Stone for years to come.”

Dr. Stone was recruited to participate in GHS’ teaching program in 2005 by Dr. Spence Taylor, who is now president of GHS. The Stones had retired in the Carolinas after moving from Arizona.

“Recognizing Dr. Stone is truly a highlight in both my professional and personal life,” Taylor said. “Dr. Stone has been a mentor since I was a surgery trainee. I knew he would inspire physicians here at GHS, and it has brought me great joy to see others embrace him as a mentor and to witness him share his gifts with our institution.”

Dr. Stone is the author of nine books and 47 chapters in the texts of others. He has published more than 150 scientific articles in major journals and served on the editorial board of the American and British Journals of Surgery. He was a member of all major national and international surgical societies. He was a founding member of four societies and is widely recognized for his contributions to teaching and research.

Professorships of surgery have been established in his name at Emory University and the University of Arizona.

Dr. Stone established the trauma center at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and he held faculty positions at several teaching hospitals, including GHS and the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.



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