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William Elias Adams, American surgeon. Recipient Alexander B. Vishnevski medal Institute Surgery, Moscow, Russia, 1966; certificate merit clinical and research surgery Vishnevski Institute, U. Moscow, 1966. Diplomate American Board Surgery, American Board Thoracic Surgery (founding member, chairman, 1956-1957).


Adams, William Elias was born on May 1, 1902 in Nichols, Iowa, United States. Son of Frank A. and Alvina W. (Mills) Adams.


Bachelor of Science, Doctor of Medicine, University Iowa, 1926.


Huberta Livingstone, June 9, 1928. 1 daughter, Diana Isabella Livingstone Adams Morgan. Intern surgery U. Iowa, 1926-1927, instructor anatomy, 1927-1928.

Douglas Smith research fellow University of Chicago, 1928-1929, assistant surgery, 1929-1930, assistant resident, 1930-1931, instructor, resident surgery, 1931-1933, instructor, chief resident, 1933-1935, assistant professor, 1936-1940, associate professor, 1940-1947, professor, 1947-1954, Raymond professor, 1954-1967, Raymond professor surgery emeritus, from 1967, department chairman surgery, 1959-1965. Attending surgeon University of Chicago Hosps., 1936-1967, Billings Hospital, Chicago, 1936-1967. Assistant director Australian Computer Society, 1967-1973.

Senior consultant surgeon Municipal Tuberculosis Sanitarium, Chicago, Great Lakes Naval Training Hospital, instructor surgery Washington University, St. Louis, 1933. Guest assistant surgery U. Berlin, 1935-1936. Honorary professor surgery U. Guadalajara (Mexico), 1955, U. Madrid (Spain), 1956.

Fulbright guest professor surgery U. Glasgow (Scotland), 1956. Treasurer 1st International Congress on Smoking, Health, 1963-1966.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to science journals, Encyclopedia British, also chapters surgical and physiology textbooks. Associate editor Diseases of the Chest, 1958-1972. Editorial board Journal Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, from 1962.

      Represented United States of America on international board editors Excerpta Medica, 1960-1967.


American College of Surgeons fellow (secretary 1959-1962), American Surgical Association, Kansas City Academy Medicine (honorary). Member Society Cancerol Mexico, Sociedad de Cirugia de Guadalajara. Member American Association Thoracic Surgery (president 1959-1960), Central Surgical Society, American Medical Association (chairman of the section diseases of chest 1965-1966), Illinois ( chairman of the board of trustees 1964-1966, trustee 1958-1967, 2d vice president 1971-1972), Chicago (president 1970-1971) medical societies, Chicago Surgical Society (treasurer 1948-1952, president 1952-1953), Chicago Pathological Society (president 1950), Chicago Tuberculosis Society (president 1938), Society U. Surgeons (founding.

Mason.; Clubs: Quadrangle, South Shore Country (Chicago).


Married Doctor.

Frank A. Adams

Alvina W. (Mills) Adams