Title: Chairman, Emeritus, Department of Surgery
Company: Winthrop-University Hospital
Location: Mineola, New York, United States
William Piper Reed, Professor of Surgery, Emeritus, at Stony Brook University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in surgery.
From an early age, Dr. Reed learned from his parents to be helpful to others. They were active in their church and hospitable, always ready to accept people into their home, especially if they were in trouble. They sponsored one of the Hungarian refugees after the 1956 Hungarian uprising, which lead to a life-long relationship of mutual respect. With an early interest and aptitude in science, medicine appeared to be the best path for Dr. Reed to follow to be able to help people. He was originally going to go into internal medicine, but had always been skillful with his hands. For this reason, he eventually chose to be a surgeon. He had also had an interest in teaching from an early age, serving as a student-teacher in high school and enjoying the act of passing on knowledge to others. It was, therefore, natural for him to choose a career in academic surgery. Dr. Reed also credits his wife, Martine, of 56 years, who came from France, as having influenced his choice of career through her own commitment to teaching and helping people. Living with her all these years and learning about her culture has helped broaden his understanding of people and made him a better physician. He spent his fellowship year in Paris, in part, to learn more about the language and culture and in part to provide their children with a deeper exposure to their heritage. Dr. Reed began the journey to his profession at Harvard University where he earned an AB and MD in 1964 and 1968, respectively. In 1968, he began taking a hands-on approach to his learning as a resident in surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center, where he remained until 1976. He followed this accomplishment by earning a diploma in Cancer Surgery from the Institute Gustave-Roussy, in Villejuif, France, in 1977.
Dr. Reed is extremely proud of what he has been able to contribute to the medical field. He was a leader in the development and evaluation of new devices for vascular access for chemotherapy, dialysis and other treatments. He developed microwave coagulation for hepatic resection and control of hemorrhage from other vascular organs and developed a repair technique for complex recurrent hernias developing after large abdominal operations, such as those employed for treating cancer. He wrote the description and early characterization of macrophage-derived tumor necrosis factor. Dr. Reed’s career began at the University of Maryland Hospital in 1978 as a director of the surgical ICU and then the director of the tumor registry until 1986. During this time, he was also a member of the Surgical Oncology Program, as an assistant professor and then associate professor of surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and led in the establishment of a clinic for the multidisciplinary evaluation of breast cancers at this institution. In 1986, he moved on to the Baystate Medical Center, where he was the director of surgical oncology from 1986 until 1999 and then the director of the Breast Health Center from 1992 to 1994. Dr. Reed was an associate professor of surgery and eventually a professor of surgery at Tufts University from 1986 to 2000. During his tenure in both Maryland and Massachusetts, Dr. Reed served as President of the local units of the American Cancer Society and served on the board of directors at each state’s ACS Division. In 2000, he moved to New York as chairman of surgery at Winthrop-University Hospital and professor of surgery at Stony Brook University, where he remained until retirement from clinical practice in 2013. He continues to be involved with tumor conferences to the present time. Since 1999, Dr. Reed has played an active role with the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons, helping to develop standards by which cancer programs around the country are accredited. He was on the Executive Committee of the Commission from 2003 to 2006 as the Chair of the Committee on Approvals and has been an on-site surveyor of cancer programs since 2000. In 2010, he also became a surveyor of breast programs for the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers, another quality improvement program of the American College of Surgeons. He remains active in these endeavors to the present time.
As a testament to his illustrious career, Dr. Reed has received numerous accolades including, the Golden Apple Award from the Baystate Medical Center in 1988 and the Lifesaver Award from the American Cancer Society in 1994, among others. He has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and as a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology, the New England Cancer Society, the New England Surgical Society, the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons, to name a few. In addition to his main pursuits, Dr. Reed served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, as a Captain in the United States Army and Commanding Officer of a medical company, for which service he received two bronze stars.
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