FRANK GORDON MOODY, M.D.
Frank G. Moody died 12 August 2016 after developing pneumonia. Dr. Moody was born 3 May 1928 in Franklin, New Hampshire. He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy in 1946. Following two years spent as a paratrooper in the United States Army, he matriculated to Dartmouth College. There, he was captain of the ski team. After another two years serving in the Army, he attended Cornell University Medical College earning his M.D. in 1956. His surgical training was at New York Hospital under the direction of Dr. Frank Glenn. After completing his residency, he served as an advanced research fellow studying diseases of the stomach and biliary tract at the University of California San Francisco under the direction of Dr. J. Englebert Dunphy. In 1963, he became the first Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery in the Department of Surgery led by Dr. John Kirklin at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Dr. Moody rapidly rose through the ranks and became a Professor of Surgery at UAB in 1969. In 1971, at the age of 43, he became Professor and Chairman of the Department of Surgery of the University of Utah. Eleven years later he was recruited to Houston, Texas as the Denton A. Cooley Professor and Chairman at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Although he stepped down from the Chair in 1994, he remained a Professor of Surgery at UT Houston until his death.
Dr. Moody's contributions to gastrointestinal surgery were enormous. His research was continuously funded by the NIH from 1967-2009 in areas including gastric acid secretion, gastric ulcerogenesis, biliary stasis and cholesterol lithogenesis, ileus in multiple organ failure, and glucotoxicity and cardiac dysfunction in obesity. He became a member of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract in 1966 and served as Treasurer (1972-1975) and President (1981-1982) of the organization. Dr. Moody was honored in 1995 with the SSAT Founders' Medal and, in appreciation of his mentorship, former trainees endowed the "Maja and Frank G. Moody State of the Art Lecture" which is now delivered annually at the SSAT meeting.
Dr. Moody served on the editorial boards of the journals Gastroenterology, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Surgical Gastroenterology, Digestive Surgery and Year Book of Digestive Disease. He edited or co-edited 26 texts addressing gastrointestinal disease and surgery and authored or co-authored 100 book chapters. The vast majority of the 155 refereed and 43 invited articles of which he was an author and the 42 invited lectures which he delivered each addressed some aspect of surgical gastroenterology.
He was a member of more than 40 national and international surgical organizations. Among the organizations he served as President (in addition to the SSAT) were the American Pancreatic Association, the Collegium International Chirugie Digestivae United States Section, the International Biliary Association, and the Societe Internattionale de Cirugie U.S. Section.
Dr. Moody served on multiple NIH study sections. He was a Director of the American Board of Surgery 1972-1978. He served on the Executive Committee of the American Board of Medical Specialties, the Executive Committee of the Association of American Medical Colleges and on the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education.
Among the many honors that Dr. Moody received were the Distinguished Service Award of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of University Surgeons, the American Surgical Association Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care, the International College of Surgeons Master Surgeon Medallion and the Houston Surgical Society Distinguished Houston Surgeon Award. He was both ΦBK and AΩA.
Dr. Moody was known for his intelligence, incisive questions, quick wit, charm and warmth. He continued to attend national and international surgical meetings, regularly making erudite comments about the content of lectures, until just weeks before his death. Frank loved the mountains, particularly the Wasatch Front, and was a passionate skier and hiker. He will live on through the hundreds of surgeons whom he trained and/or mentored and who have gone on to make their own contributions to surgery. His fondness for and recollections of many of those individuals are described in his autobiography, Frank Reflections, which was published in 2013.
Dr. Moody is survived by his three children, Anne, Frank and Jane and by his loving companion Inger Arden.
NATHANIEL J. SOPER, M.D.
JOHN R. POTTS, III, M.D.
JOHN G. HUNTER, M.D.
BYERS W. SHAW, JR., M.D.