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David Bernt Skinner

David Bernt Skinner, American surgeon, educator, health facility administrator. Diplomate American Board Thoracic Surgery. Decorated chevalier National Order of Merit France, Cross of Honor Arts and Sciences 1st class Austria; scholar John and Mary Markle scholar academy medicine, 1969-1974.


Skinner, David Bernt was born on April 28, 1935 in Joliet, Illinois, United States. Son of James Madden and Bertha Elinor (Tapper) Skinner.


Bachelor with high honors, University Rochester, New York, 1958. Doctor of Science (honorary)(honorary), University Rochester, New York, 1980. Doctor of Medicine cum laude, Yale University, 1959.

Doctor of Medicine (honorary)(honorary), University Lund, 1994. Doctor of Medicine (honorary)(honorary), Technishe University Munich, 1995.


Intern, then resident in surgery Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1959—1965. Senior registrar in thoracic surgery Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England, 1963—1964. Teaching fellow Harvard University Medical School, 1965.

From assistant professor surgery to professor Johns Hopkins University Medical School, also surgeon Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1968—1972. Dallas B. Phemister professor surgery, chairman department University Chicago Hospitals and Clinics, 1972—1987. Professor orthopedic surgery Cornell University, from 1987.

President, Chief Executive Officer, New York Hospital, from 1987. Vice chair, Chief Executive Officer New York and Presbyterian Hospitals, 1996—2000. Director Omnis Surgical Inc., 1984—1985, Churchill Livingston, 1990—1993, Laboratory Corporation American.

Member President' biomedical Research Panel, 1975—1976, president emeritus, from 2000. Major Medical Corps United States Air Force, 1966-1968.


Board visitors Cornell University Medical College, 1980—1987. Trustee Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City, 1999—2000. Elder Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, 1976—1987, clerk of session, 1978—1982, 1984—1987.

Member of American Medical Association, American College of Surgeons, Society Medical Administrators, Greater New York Hospital Association (chair 1996-1997), Society Clinical Surgery (president 1986-1988), Halsted Society, Association Academy Surgery, International Society Diseases Esophagus 1992-1995, Central Surgical Society, American College Chest Physicians, Collegium International de Chirurgie Digestivae, Society International de Chirurgie, Society Surgery Alimentary Tract, Society Pelvic Surgeons, Society Thoracic Surgery, Society Vascular Surgery, American Association Thoracic Surgery 1996-1997, Society Surgical Chairman 1980-1982, American Society Artificial Internal Organs 1977, Society University Surgeons 1978-1979, Western Southern Surgical Association, American Southern Surgical Association, International Surgical Group 1997-1998, American Board Surgery (director 1974-1980), River Club, University Club, Cosmos Club (Washington), Quadrangle (Chicago), Alpha Omega Alpha, Phi Beta Kappa.


Married May Elinor May Elinor Tischer, August 25, 1956. Children: Linda Elinor, Kristin Anne, Carise Berntine, Margaret Leigh.