Arnold G. Diethelm, MD

Title: Professor of Surgery Emeritus
Company: The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine
Location: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Arnold G. Diethelm, MD, Professor of Surgery Emeritus at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education and general surgery.

An esteemed figure in the fields of higher education and general surgery, Dr. Diethelm has accrued more than 50 years of professional excellence in his industry. A professor emeritus of surgery in the Department of Surgery in the School of Medicine at The University of Alabama at Birmingham since 2000, he has also been a member of the faculty at UAB Hospital since 1967. Previously, he worked as chair of the Department of Surgery at UAB Hospital from 1982 to 2000, professor of surgery at UAB Hospital from 1973 to 2000, and vice chair at UAB Hospital from 1973 to 1982. He began his career as an assistant in surgery at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital from 1965 to 1966 and as an instructor at Cornell University Medical School from 1964 to 1965.

In addition to his primary roles, Dr. Diethelm acted as chair for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education from 1997 to 1999, and he currently sits as a member of the Residency Review Committee for Surgery with the council since 1994. He has been certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery.

In preparation for his career, Dr. Diethelm earned a Bachelor of Arts at Washington State University in 1953, followed by a Doctor of Medicine at Cornell University in 1957. He completed an internship and residency in surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital-New York Weill Cornell Center from 1958 to 1965. He was elected a research fellow at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital and Harvard University Medical School from 1965 to 1967, and he holds an honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alabama.

A contributor of more than 200 articles in medical journals and author of “Order from Chaos,” Dr. Diethelm has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations during his career, including as president of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons from 1991 to 1992, president of the Southern Surgical Association in 1989, and director of the American Board of Surgery from 1987 to 1993. He is associated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Nephrology, and the Association for Academic Surgery.

A pioneer in organ transplantation, Dr. Diethelm is renowned for performing the first renal transplant in the state of Alabama. Under his leadership, the Renal Transplant Program has become the world’s largest program with one of the best patient survival rates. He attributes his success to the special opportunities which presented themselves throughout his career, and he desired to give patients in Alabama affordable, accessible medical care. However, the highlights of his career have been the contributions he has made to the Department of Surgery at The University of Alabama at Birmingham and the implementation of the transplant program.

Married to Nancy Lee Lane since 1951, Dr. Diethelm is the proud father of five children. He has been listed in several honors publications, including Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2017, he was named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who.

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