Frank Crane-Wilson Jr., MD

Frank Wilson

Title: Kenan Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Surgery/Orthopedics
Company: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States

Frank Wilson, MD, Kenan Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Surgery/Orthopedics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in health care education.

With nearly 40 years of professional experience, Dr. Wilson has been recognized as professor emeritus of surgery and orthopedics of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2002, having been the Kenan Distinguished Professor since 1992, professor since 1971, associate professor since 1968, assistant professor since 1965, and instructor since 1964. In addition to his primary roles, he held numerous positions with the school, including acting assistant dean of graduate medical education, instructor of literature in the undergraduate honors program of the departments of humanities and English, director of the musculoskeletal course, and chief of the division of orthopedics. Earlier in his career, Dr. Wilson was an instructor of orthopedics in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in 1963.

Dr. Wilson began his career as a student at Vanderbilt University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1950. He continued his studies with the Medical College of Georgia, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1954. He then joined the Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center as an assistant resident in surgery from 1958 to 1959 and a Junior Annie C. Kane Fellow and resident in orthopedics from 1960 to 1963. Dr. Wilson has also completed coursework in the executive program of health policy and management at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

In recognition of his exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Wilson was named One of 100 Leading Health Professionals by the International Biographical Centre in 2010 and 2013, and he won the E. Burke Evans Award for Academic and Clinical Excellence in 2009. The recipient of the AOA-Smith & Nephew Distinguished Clinician-Educator Award in 2003, the Southern Orthopedic Association gave him the Distinguished Southern Orthopaedist Award in 1999. In addition, the North Carolina Orthopaedic Association honored him with the Distinguished Orthopaedist Award in 1997 and the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. However, the highlight of his career was becoming the centennial president of the American Orthopedic Association.

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