Dr. Bower led the general surgery
residency training program at UC for nearly 20 years and was chief of
the surgical service at Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
"Dr. Bower profoundly influenced the
careers of generations of trainees, balancing roles as professor,
coach, colleague, father-figure and friend," says Jeffrey Matthews,
MD,chairman of UC's Department of Surgery. "He was the consummate
gentleman surgeon, who led the surgery training programs at UC with an
abiding passion for education in the art and science of surgery."
Dr. Bower was a member of more than 13
national surgical organizations--including the American College of
Surgeons, Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati and Association for VA
Surgeons--and served in a leadership capacity.
An active clinician and nationally
recognized expert in gastrointestinal surgery and nutrition, Dr. Bower
received the Association for Surgical Education's Outstanding Teacher
Award in 2004.
"Dr. Bower combined a deep respect for
surgical traditions, while embracing rapidly changing paradigms in
surgical education," says Dr. Matthews. "The Department of Surgery at
UC has lost a pillar and a role model for courage, compassion,
professionalism and citizenship."