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Memoir

Dean Louis
Regents' Proceedings

Dean S. Louis, M.D., professor of orthopaedic surgery in the Medical School, will retire on June 30, 2003. He has had a very productive career as a clinician, scientist, and teacher in the area of orthopaedic hand surgery.

Dr. Louis received his B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1958 and his M.D. degree from the University of Vermont in 1962. He interned at the Maine Medical Center from 1962-63, served at the United States Public Health Service in the Division of Indian Health from 1963-66, and completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Michigan from 1967-70. After his residency, Dr. Louis completed a fellowship in hand surgery at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he studied under the internationally acclaimed hand surgeon, Dr. Robert Carroll. Dr. Louis joined the University of Michigan faculty as an instructor in 1971 and was promoted to assistant professor in 1973, associate professor in 1976, and professor in 1985.

Within the department, Dr. Louis was an outstanding and dedicated teacher to residents and students in hand surgery. He developed the orthopaedic hand service in the Medical School, and he held weekly conferences on orthopaedics for over 20 years. He is a very popular and nationally respected teacher of continuing medical education for orthopaedic practitioners.

Dr. Louis served as a consultant at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Wayne County General Hospital, and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. He was elected president of the American Society for Orthopaedic Surgery of the Hand in 1996, and he was very involved with numerous committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Louis has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and many book chapters, and he has made hundreds of presentations to his peers across the country.

The Regents now salute this distinguished health educator for his dedicated service by naming Dean S. Louis professor emeritus of orthopaedic surgery.