January 22, 2009
Crile - George Crile
Dr. George Washington Crile, born on November 11, 1864 in Chili, Ohio was a noted surgeon, crafting innovative techniques and materials. Crile graduated from Ohio Northern University in 1884 and received his M.D. from Wooster Medical College, which eventually became Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, in 1887. He taught at Wooster Medical College and at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, establishing its Lakeside Hospital. Crile served in the Medical Reserve Corps during the Spanish-American War, eventually attaining the rank of Colonel. Crile is recognized as the first surgeon to have successfully performed a direct blood transfusion, additionally contributing to the subject of neck dissection, and developing specialized forceps called the Crile mosquito clamp. Crile died on January 7, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. George Crile was made a Great Ohioan in 2008.