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Biographical entry Wilson, George Ewart ( - 1965)

MRCS 1907; FRCS 1908; LRCP 1907; FACS.

Atwood, Ontario, Canada
General practitioner and General surgeon


George Ewart Wilson was born at Atwood, Ontario and graduated with honours from the Stratford Collegiate Institute. He worked for a short time as a teacher, and then entered the Medical School of the University of Toronto in 1899. He graduated in 1903 with honours, winning the silver medal and the George Brown Scholarship, and then spent a year in the department of physiology under Professor MacCallum.

After a short period in general practice in Palmerston he came over to England and took the Conjoint Diploma in 1907 and the FRCS in 1908. On his return to Canada he was appointed surgeon to St Michael's Hospital and a teacher in the University of Toronto.

During the first world war Wilson served as a surgeon to No 4 Canadian General Hospital in England, Greece and Egypt, from 1915-17, and being invalided back to England in 1917 he later became chief of the surgical department of the Kitchener Hospital, Brighton.

On demobilization he returned to Toronto and worked in the emergency and out-patient department of the Toronto General Hospital, and in 1927 he reorganized the surgical staff of St Michael's Hospital where he became surgeon in chief and Professor in the University. He distinguished himself especially in the treatment of surgical emergencies and as a teacher, and retired from these appointments after the second world war, though he continued in practice till 1960.

In 1953 Wilson became a life Fellow of the Academy of Medicine, Toronto, and he was also a Fellow and later Vice-President of the American College of Surgeons. He was married to Elizabeth Charlotte Pearson, and when he died in 1965 his wife, their son who was a surgeon, and their two daughters survived him.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Bull Acad Med Toronto 1965, 39].

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