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Hawaiʻi surgeons honor their greatest UH medical school mentor

Three hundred people representing several generations of surgeons in Hawaiʻi paid tribute last week to a transformative medical practitioner and leader who dedicated 16 years to the University of Hawaiʻi as surgery chair for the John A. Burns School of Medicine—Dr. Thomas J. Whelan, Jr.

The fundraising celebration coincides with the commitment of a sizable anonymous monetary gift to establish the Thomas J. Whelan, Jr., MD Endowed Chair of Surgery.

The Thomas Whelan Gala provided palpable evidence that much of the late Dr. Whelan lives on in the skill, the dedication and even the keen senses of humor to be found among the top-notch Hawaiʻi surgeons who learned their profession at Whelan’s side.

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