Honoring a Surgeon – Commercial Appeal

Like many people, I sometimes find myself in buildings or grand auditoriums that are named for individuals whom I know little about. But that was not the case last Thursday when I attended the inauguration of the Dr. H. Edward Garrett Sr. Auditorium at Baptist Memorial Hospital- Memphis.
Fifteen years ago, as a young infectious disease doctor, I cared for Dr. Garrett before he died of hepatitis, an illness he almost certainly acquired while performing surgery. His wife was our real estate agent and sold us our first house. His son, Dr. Edward Garrett Jr., is my colleague, directing the only heart and heart-lung transplant program in the city. The program celebrates its 25th anniversary next month.
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