Walter G. Wolfe Oral History Interview, 2019

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  • This oral history interview was conducted with Dr. Wolfe G. Wolfe on June 5, 2019 by Susannah Roberson as part of the Dr. David Sabiston Oral History Project. Also present for the interview were Jackie Wolfe, Ethel Atkins, and Zane Atkins. During the interview, Wolfe discusses his early life; education; why he decided to go to medical school and become a surgeon; why he stayed at Duke for his residency and stay after the completion of his surgical training; his different roles during his long career at Duke including becoming the Program Director of the Thoracic Residency Program at Duke and the Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Durham Veteran's Administration Medical Center; what Sabiston was like as a boss; Sabiston's administration style; what it was like to be a surgery resident at Duke and what made the program under Sabiston so successful; Wolfe bringing in the first female resident, Kim Grady, to the Thoracic Residency Program he oversaw; Sabiston's national reputation; how Sabiston influenced Wolfe's research experience during his residency; Sabiston's rules; and other memories of Sabiston.
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