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Biographical entry Smith, Wilburn (1880 - 1954)

MRCS 11 May 1911; FRCS 12 December 1912; LRCP 1911; MD Jefferson 1907; FACS 1922.

21 February 1880
Thamesville, Ontario
6 April 1954
Los Angeles, California
Obstetric and gynaecological surgeon


Born at Thamesville, Ontario, Canada on 21 February 1880 he was educated at the American Medical Missionary College, Battle Creek, Michigan and at Chicago. He qualified MD 1907 from the Jefferson Medical College of Philadelphia. Coming to London he took the Conjoint qualification in 1911 and the Fellowship in 1912, from University College Hospital.

He practised as a gynaecological surgeon in Los Angeles through most of his career, living at Burbank, California. He was on the staff of the White Memorial Hospital, Olmsted Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, Los Angeles County General Hospital, and California Hospital in Los Angeles. He was professor of surgery at the College of Medical Evangelists, Los Angeles, and a member of the California Board of Medical Examiners 1924-28. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1922.

He died in Glendale Sanitarium, on whose staff he had served, on 6 April 1954 aged 74.

Sources used to compile this entry: [J Amer med Ass 1954, 155, 849].

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