DAVID G. BOWERS, M.D.
1929 - 2007
David Bowers was born in Abilene, Texas. As a youth he was very athletic, lettering in both football and baseball. He actually played an extra semester in high school to help his team win their first State Football championship as part of an agreement with his Dad to not play sports at Texas A & M where he was going to attend undergraduate school. At A & M, he majored in pre-medicine and then moved on to the Baylor Medical School where he received his M.D. Degree. Davidís father died while he was in Medical School so he took a commission in the Air Force (by virtue of having been a Texas A & M Cadet) to complete his medical education. He then did his internship at Brook Army Hospital in San Antonio and his General Surgery Residency at the Walter Reed Army Hospital. He then practiced General Surgery in the Air Force for five years, three years at Ladd Air force Base in Alaska and two years as Chief of Surgery at Letterman General Hospital in Northern California. It was while in the Bay Area that he became interested in Plastic Surgery and actually did his Plastic Surgery Residency at the St. Francis Memorial Hospital in San Francisco with Drs. OíConnor, McGregor, Klabunde and Pennisi. After completion of his Plastic Surgery Training, he was assigned as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Wilford Hall United States Air Force Hospital at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. After passing his Boards, he started Plastic Surgery Residency at Wilford Hall and was its Director until his retirement from the Air Force in 1974.
After leaving the Air Force, he spent several years doing missionary work in Costa Rica, Honduras, South Vietnam and Guatemala. He then joined the Faculty at Vanderbilt Medical Center with Dr. J. B. Lynch where he was a full-time Faculty Member for three years. He then entered into private practice and had a very successful and varied practice of Plastic Surgery at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville. David was a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and was elected to Fellowship in the American Association of Plastic Surgeons in 1981.
David passed away on January 22, 2007 after treatment for a glioblastoma multiforme involving his frontal lobe. Several months after his death, his wife Lynne shared with me that in her opinion a frontal lobe tumor is the way to go. Dave had no pain ever. He was mellow and cheerful and grateful for the good care his received and he very quietly disappeared.
David was a good friend, an excellent surgeon and a superb teacher. He will be missed by all who knew him.
R. Bruce Shack, M.D.