AAAC Candidate – Bacon

Douglas R. Bacon, MD, M.A

University of Mississippi Medical Center

Douglas R. Bacon, MD, MA 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, as Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and currently as Professor (tenure) and Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. 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. 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 resource countries develop safe anesthesia practice. He spent seven years as Secretary-Treasurer of the WLM and currently serves as the Secretary of the Academy of Anesthesiology.

In addition to chairing the department for the past four years, Doug is currently is also 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 and medical center 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. They have a daughter Anna who is a second grader and four sons, the youngest of which is an undergraduate at University of Mississippi. Along with Anna, Doug and Melissa share their home with four rough collies, Ty, Sparkle, L’Oreal and Skyler.