DR. WALLY O. MONTGOMERY, RETIRED PADUCAH SURGEON AND A MEMBER OF The Paducah Bank and Trust Company Board of Directors, was recently awarded the Samuel D. Gross Career of Surgery award by the University of Louisville School of Medicine.
Dr. Samuel D. Gross was one of the first Chairs of the University’s Department of Surgery and was innovative in the early practice of surgery. He formulated and taught the first hands-on, systematic approach to surgery in the United States and was a founder of the American Medical Association, as well as the American Surgical Association, which later became the American College of Surgeons.
The Samuel D. Gross award is bestowed upon doctors who contribute significantly to the field of surgery and further the advancement of surgery in their communities. Dr. Montgomery was presented the award at a summer banquet, which also recognized University of Louisville senior residents upon completion of their residencies.
Dr. Montgomery retired from his Paducah practice in 2001 after a medical and surgical career that spanned 40 years. While in practice, he regularly trained surgical residents from the Louisville School of Medicine. He was involved in setting criteria for the American College of Surgeons and served the organization as Governor for Kentucky for six years and as local chapter president.
“Dr. Gross was an innovative teacher and someone I had done a lot of research on,” says Dr. Montgomery. “Dr. Kelly McMasters, the University’s current Department of Surgery Chair, called to tell me I had been selected for the award, and I was quite honored.”
Dr. Montgomery is a longtime contributor to numerous civic, educational, and charitable causes. He is married to former Paducah Mayor Gerry Montgomery, and they are the parents of Dr. Evelyn Montgomery Jones, Dr. David Montgomery, and Katharine Montgomery Krause.