I Stand for parkland: honoring the "Giants" of GENERAL Surgery

New Parkland Hospital Flyover Video ImageA group of former general surgical residents, in cooperation with Parkland Foundation, are involved in an effort to honor their mentors and the legacy of the Surgery Department in the new Parkland hospital. Parkland surgical alumni have the unique opportunity to honor their heroes and give back to an institution that provided such valuable training.

As of February 2014, more than $487,000 has been raised toward the $500,000 goal.

Donors to the "Giants" project will be listed on a wall in the new surgical suite that will honor these heroes and preserve the history of the Surgery Department. We hope you will join us in this wonderful tribute by making a personal commitment to honor the "Giants."

Click the play button on the image to the right to watch the fly over video of the new Parkland hospital.


Naming a space to honor our heroes requires raising $500,000 by March 2014. As of February 2014, more than $487,000 has been raised.


Help honor our distinguished teachers and leaders in the Parkland Surgery Department by making a donation today. A gift of $5,000 or more puts your name on the wall next to the names of our “Giants.”

To make a one-time gift, click here.
To make a multi-year pledge, click here.

Thank you to our donors

Thank you to the following donors who have committed financial support for this project as of August 22, 2013:

$25,000 and above
Charles Coln, MD
Harlan Pollock, MD
John Josephs, MD

$10,000 to $24,999
Jo Ann Baxter
Mrs. Susanne G. Carrico
Dr. and Mrs. Eric Coln
Alexander Eastman, MD
Amy Eastman, MD
William Fry, MD
Joseph Minei, MD
David Mullins, MD
Nick Nicholson, MD
Matthew Rossi, MD
Phillips Rossi, MD
Erwin Thal, MD

$5,000 to $9,999
Patricia Bergen, MD
William Billups, MD
James Blackburn, MD
Jennifer Blumetti, MD
Bradley Boone, MD
David Borgstrom, MD
Dr. Brandon R. Bruns and Mr. Robert T. Singleton
Cathy Burnweit, MD
David Carter, MD
Dean Cione, MD
J.M. Cornell, MD
David Curtis, MD
Wayne Delaney, MD
Charles Dunn, MD
Anthony Fillmore, MD
Daniel Fisher, MD
William Fry, MD
Dr. Valerie and Mr. Greg Gorman
Casey Graybeal, MD
Craig Hobar, MD
Charles Howard, MD
Dawn Hui, MD and Mr. Justin Wirpel
John Hunt, MD
Ronald Jones, MD
Ms. Kathryn H. H. Jordan
Eric Kaplan, MD
Kenneth Kollmeyer, MD
Michael Lary, MD
Avron H. Lipschitz, MD
Mary McCarthy, MD
Donald Meier, MD
Dr. and Mrs. Dan M. Meyer
Timothy J. Mickle, MD
Todd Moffat, MD
Dr. Sarah and Mr. Jonathan Oltmann
Nancy O’Neal, MD 
Rip Pfeiffer, MD
Todd Pollock, MD
William J. Rea, MD
Steve Reeder, MD
William Ryan, MD
Duke Samson, MD
Joseph Skemp, MD
Dr. and Mrs. Charles T. Slack
Lee Thornton, MD
William Turner, MD
Jeff Tyner, MD
R.J. Valentine, MD
Dr. and Mrs. Wayne L. Watkins
John Weigelt, MD
Al West, MD
Gary White, MD


Many Parkland Surgical Society members submitted nominations to help identify the “Giants" of General Surgery. The following were recently named as the "Giants." Our congratulations to these distinguished teachers and leaders in Parkland surgery through the decades and their families.

Click here to meet the Giants of General Surgery!

Charles R. Baxter, MD*
C. James Carrico, MD*
G. Patrick Clagett, MD 
Charles Dale Coln, MD
J. Michael Cornell, MD  
William J. Fry, MD* 
John L. Hunt, MD
Ronald C. Jones, MD    
Royce Laycock, MD 
Robert N. McClelland, MD
Carl A. Moyer, MD*  
Malcolm O. Perry II, MD *
Gary F. Purdue, MD* 
G. Thomas Shires, MD*   
William H. Snyder III, MD*
Erwin R. Thal, MD 
John A. Weigelt, MD   
Ben Wilson, MD

* deceased  

From Dr. Snyder...

“Parkland is not just a place, a hospital or a system. It is not merely a building, with brick and mortar. It is the spirit of the much broader Dallas medical community that is embodied in all those who have ever served under its roof, physicians and non-physicians alike. Parkland has left an indelible mark on the medical community and patients of Dallas. According to DCMS records, 40 percent of all physicians in Dallas County trained on some level at Parkland. To a larger extent, Parkland is the medical community of Dallas, not just those physicians who serve within the Dallas County Hospital District system proper. It was at Parkland that our compassion and respect for human dignity and life was forged. It was through the Parkland experience that our sense of integrity, collaboration, leadership, and excellence were given birth. These gifts are not only taught by those mentors we call professors and attendings. They are especially demonstrated in the lab techs and orderlies, transporters and janitors, administrators and nurses. But, most of all, they were taught to us by the patients themselves. Parkland is a medical jewel for the citizens of Dallas where miracles happen every day. The patients themselves are the ultimate teachers. Within Parkland is a unique symbiotic relationship where the patients are the teachers and the caregivers are the students.”

-- Richard W. Snyder II, MD
President, Dallas County Medical Society

Steering Committee

Honorary Chair: Robert McClelland, MD; Chair: Harlan Pollock, MD; Steering Committee: Dale Coln, MD; Alex Eastman, MD; Amy Eastman, MD; John Josephs, MD; Royce Laycock, MD; David Mullins, MD; Todd Pollock, MD; Matthew Rossi, MD; Phillip Rossi, MD; Erwin Thal, MD; Gary White, MD

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