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The State’s Highest Honor

The State's Highest Honor

Dr. Jesse H. Meredith accomplished many things during his tenure at Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He accumulated several titles including trauma expert, burn specialist, transplant surgeon and surgical researcher. Specific accomplishments include the development of the Jesse H. Meredith Laboratories of Surgical Research in 1959, the surgical restoration of a patient’s severed hand in 1964, and the development of the kidney transplant program, the burn unit, and the trauma service at the Medical Center. In 1991, he was awarded the state’s highest honor for Public Service.

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  1. Dr. Jessie Meredith was my anatomy professor and my first year small group facilitator. He used to volunteer at the community care center and on one of the days he was going community care center, he stopped by my family’s convenient store, which is located at south side of winston salem. He walked in and grabbed a soda and walked over to the counter. At the counter was my dad, and Dr. Meredith asked my dad if he was my dad. My dad said yes, and Dr. Meredith told him that he was my professor. Of course my dad being an asian dad, he refuse to take money from his son’s teacher, so he push the money back to Dr. Meredith and then he pushed it back to my dad.. and this went on for few times, and Dr. Meredith left the money on the counter and went out side… and my dad in his infinite wisdom, goes out to his car and put the money back in his car… finally Dr. Meredith came in and put the money on the counter and got in his car and drove off before my dad can return the money to him…. I will never forget the talks I had with him, and sharing lunch with him at the cafeteria, and the talk we had about life of a surgeon. It was a happiest moments in my life, and I was truly privileged to have met him and known him.

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