Robert N. McClelland, MD

Bob McClelland was born in Gilmer, Texas and is a 1950 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. He attended Medical School at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston before completing his internship at The University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and his residency at Parkland. He also served two years of military service in the Air Force in Germany. 

Dr. McClelland has been a faculty member of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center since 1962. In 1999, Dr. McClelland received the Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

Dr. McClelland also is one of the Giants of General Surgery who served at Parkland on Nov. 22, 1963, and he willingly and generously shares his story of being present that day. He was a close personal friend of Dr. Malcolm Perry.

He was the first faculty member to hold the Alvin Baldwin, Jr. Chair in Surgery, an endowment designated for support of surgical education. He has received more than 16 other awards over his long career — most of them related to teaching. 

His influence as a medical educator extends beyond UT Southwestern into surgical training programs throughout the country. He originated, edited and published the Selected Readings in General Surgery, a reading program for residents in general surgery used across the U.S. Prior to his retirement, he transferred this program to the American College of Surgeons where it still continues.

Of all of Parkland’s surgical Giants, Bob McClelland is one of the most revered by his former students and was known to host weekend study sessions for his residents before their boards. In 1990, former Parkland residents created a lectureship in his name. In 2007 he was appointed Professor Emeritus of Surgery and he remains an active participant in various medical school activities, especially those concerning student education.

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