William Piper Reed

Title: Chairman, Emeritus, Department of Surgery
Company: Winthrop-University Hospital
Location: Mineola, New York, United States

William Piper Reed, Emeritus Professor at Stony Brook University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in surgery.

Dr. Reed was always taught to help people. His parents were hospitable at the time of the Hungarian Uprising 1956 and were very active in their church. They sponsored one of the refugees and always had people in the house whom they were trying to help. Medicine was something that fascinated Dr. Reed as he saw it as the best way to help people. He originally was going into medicine but he had always been skillful with his hands. His interest has always been teaching, even on student-teacher day, he enjoyed the thought of passing on knowledge to others. Dr. Reed began the journey to his profession at Harvard University where he earned an AB and MD in 1964 and 1968, respectively. In 1968, he began taking a hands-on approach to his learning as a resident in surgery at the Stanford Medical Center, where he remained until 1976. He followed this accomplishment by earning a diploma in Cancer Surgery from the Institute Gustave-Roussy, in Villejuif, France, in 1977.

Dr. Reed is extremely proud of what he has been able to contribute to the medical field. He was the lead in the development and evaluation of new devices for vascular access in chemotherapy, dialysis and other treatments. He developed microwave coagulation for hepatic resection and control of hemorrhage from other vascular organs. He wrote the description and early characterization of macrophage-derived tumor necrosis factor and developed the human repair technique. Dr. Reed’s career began at the University of Maryland Hospital in 1979 as a director of the surgical ICU and then the director of the tumor registry until 1986. During that time, he was also working at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as an assistant professor of surgery and then an associate professor of surgery. In 1986, he moved on to the Baystate Medical Professor, where he was the director of surgical oncology from 1986 until 1999 and then the director of the Breast Health Center from 1992 to 1994. Dr. Reed was an associate professor of surgery and eventually a professor of surgery at Tufts University from 1986 to 2000. In 2000, he moved to New York where he assumed the role of chairman of the department of surgery at Winthrop University Hospitals, a position he still holds.

As a testament to his illustrious career, Dr. Reed has received numerous accolades including, the Golden Apple Award from the Baystate Medical Center in 1988, the Lifesaver Award from the American Cancer Society in 1994 and two Decorated Bronze Stars, among others. He has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and as a member of the American Humane Society, the New England Cancer Society, the New England Surgical Society, the Society of Head and Neck Surgeons and the Society of University Surgeons, to name a few. In addition to his main pursuits, Dr. Reed was a captain of the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1970 to 1972.

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