AAAC Candidate – Bacon

Douglas R. Bacon, M.D., M.A.

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Dr. Douglas R. Bacon was born in Buffalo, New York. He did his undergraduate work at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, earning a Bachelor of Science in Medicinal Chemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in History. Medical School at SUNY at Stony Brook followed, earning his M.D. in 1985. Doug interned at Millard Fillmore Hospital completing a year of internal medicine, followed by his residency in anesthesiology at the SUNY at Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals. After residency he became a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology, and while working full time as an anesthesiologist at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, he completed his Master of Arts in History at SUNY Buffalo.

In a career that encompasses almost thirty clinical years, Doug has practiced in a variety of academic settings including SUNY Buffalo, the VA, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota and as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Wayne State University in Detroit. His research area of interests focuses on the organization history of anesthesiology in the first half of the twentieth century. Dr. Bacon’s bibliography includes over seventy peer reviewed publications, five books, twenty-eight book chapters, and numerous other publications. Doug’s research focuses on the history of anesthesiology and professionalism. He was awarded the 2012 Laureate in the History of Anesthesiology by the Wood Library-Museum.

Of note, Dr. Bacon spent eight years as editor of the American Society of Anesthesiology’s Newsletter and is the current Chair of the Publications Committee for the World Federation of Societies of Anesthesiologists (WFSA). As a council member of the WFSA, he is keenly aware of the worldwide shortage of anesthesiologists and the need for educational resources from first world countries to be made available to help low resouce countries develop safe anesthesia practice.

Doug is currently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi where he is the chair of perioperative services committee for the medical center. He is involved in strengthening the academic mission of the department through education and has a strong interest in culture change within the department that returns the emphasis of academic medicine to education and research in addition to clinical care. As a historian, Dr. Bacon is keenly aware of the role of the humanities in medicine as well as the need for a strong emphasis in both basic science and clinical research.

Douglas lives in Madison, Mississippi with his wife, Dr. Melissa Bacon who practices obstetrics and gynecology. The have a daughter Anna who is a first grader and four sons, the youngest of which is one of the starting goal tenders for the University of Mississippi ice hockey team. They share their home with two collies, Ty and Sparkle.