STS News, Fall 2011 -- STS Past President Frank Henry “Bunky” Ellis, MD, passed away on Sept. 25 at age 91.
An international leader in surgery for esophageal disease, Dr. Ellis was on the editorial board of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, published three books, and authored more than 550 scholarly works.
Dr. Ellis completed his undergraduate studies at Yale University and received a medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1944. He joined the staff of Mayo Clinic in 1953 and served as Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Section from 1966-1970. In 1970, Dr. Ellis became the Chair of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the Lahey Clinic and a year later, was appointed Chief of the Division of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at the New England Deaconess Hospital. During his career, Dr. Ellis was also Clinical Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.
“Bunky was my predecessor at the Deaconess Hospital and had developed a large clinical international referral program performing re-do esophageal surgery,” said STS Past President Sidney Levitsky, MD. “He was both a master clinician and an outstanding technical surgeon. His wisdom at rounds and conferences will be missed.”