December 22, 2010

Brown’s Gus White ’57 To Be Honored At Ivy Football Association Dinner

Providence, Rhode Island – Former Brown football standout Augustus A. White III '57, distinguished orthopaedic surgeon, author and decorated Vietnam War veteran, will be honored at the Sixth Annual Ivy Football Association Dinner on January 27, 2011, at the Waldorf –Astoria in New York City.  The dinner will be co-hosted by Chris Berman, Brown Class of 1977, and Jack Ford, Yale Class of 1972.

The Ivy Football Association honors and celebrates Ivy League football, and recognizes one distinguished alumnus from each of the eight institutions at its biennial dinner. Each of the eight honorees has played as an undergraduate on an Ivy League football team, and more important, has become preeminent in his chosen field.

In addition to honoring White, the Ivy football Association will honor Columbia's Marty Domres '69, Cornell's Peter Gogolak '64. Dartmouth's J. Murray Bowden '71, Harvard's Joe O'Donnell '67, Penn's Chuck bednarik '49, Princeton's Dennis Walker '63, and Yale's Hank Higdon '63.

One of the foremost orthopaedic surgeons in the world, Gus White was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of a doctor and a librarian. Graduating from Mount Hermon School in Northfield, Massachusetts, Gus then matriculated at Brown University where he completed his pre-medical studies and earned an A.B. degree in 1957. On the football field, Gus played both ways and started his senior year as a receiver for the Bears. One of his greatest memories happened when he caught a deflected pass to score and beat Cornell.

Gus then became the first African American graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine where he served as President of the student body. Upon receiving his Ph.D. in orthopaedic biomechanics from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Gus went to work as a surgical resident at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. He also served in Vietnam as a captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, earning a Bronze Star. 

Currently a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School as well as the Ellen and Melvin Gordon Distinguished Professor of Medical Education, Gus specializes in the care of the spine. For 13 years, he served as chief of the orthopaedic surgery department at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Gus also founded the academic orthopaedic program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In 1992, he became a director of Capstone Therapeutics and in 2001 became a director of Zimmer Holdings, Inc.

A noted authority in his specialty, Gus has co-written Clinical Biomechanics of the Spine, a standard reference book for orthopedists. He has also written Your Aching Back: A Doctor's Guide to Relief, designed to tell back pain patients all they need to know. His most recent book, Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care will be published by Harvard University Press in January 2011. 

Gus and his wife, Anita, whom he met during his Ph.D. studies at the Karolinska Institute, reside in Weston, Massachusetts. They have three daughters.