H. Bower, M.D. of Cincinnati passed away September 11,
2005 from cancer. A native of Omaha, Nebraska, he attended Grinnell
College in Grinnell, Iowa. After receiving his doctor of medicine
from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in Omaha, he
served his residency in General Surgery at the University of Nebraska
College of Medicine. He came to Cincinnati in 1980 as a fellow in
Surgical Nutrition and remained on the faculty at the University
of Cincinnati College of Medicine until his death.
Beginning as Assistant Professor of Surgery in
1981, he was promoted to full Professor in 1995. Dr. Bower was an
active clinician at several area hospitals and a nationally recognized
expert in gastrointestinal surgery and nutrition.
Dr. Bower was profoundly dedicated to surgical
education and his residents. He served as Director of the Division
of Education of the Department of Surgery from 1986 until his death.
He was also Associate Program Director of the General Surgery Residency
from 1986 until 2002 and Director of the Program for Residency Education
in General Surgery from 2002 until his death. He served on numerous
committees within the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
and the Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati.
Dr. Bower led the general surgery residency training
program for almost twenty years with a passion for education in
the art and science of surgery. He was a tireless advocate for the
surgical resident and the educational mission of the University
of Cincinnati. He profoundly influenced the careers of several generations
of trainees, balancing roles as professor, coach, colleague, father
and friend. He was admired not only for his teaching skills, but
for the personal attention and support he gave to each resident.
Dr. Bower combined a deep sense of surgical tradition with a modern
emphasis on compassion and professionalism.
Dr. Bower’s goal was to develop well-rounded
persons and skilled surgeons who shared his compassion and demonstrated
an enthusiasm for learning. Dr. Bower’s excellent performance
as a mentor and advocate for students and residents resulted in
his being elected to Alpha Omega Alpha as a faculty member in 1998.
He was a finalist of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical
Education’s Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach”
award in 2003 and 2004. His leadership and commitment to education
at the national level were recognized by his receipt of the 2004
Association for Surgical Education Outstanding Teacher Award.
In 1994, Dr. Bower was appointed the Chief of Surgical
Service at the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was
a leader locally and nationally in the VA National Surgical Quality
Improvement Program. Dr. Bower was deeply committed to veterans
and pursued the best care possible for them.
Dr. Bower was a member of the American College
of Surgeons, the Academy of Medicine of Cincinnati, a Fellow of
the American Surgical Association, a member of the Association of
Program Directors in Surgery, the Association for Surgical Education,
a colleague in the Association of VA Surgeons, the Central Surgical
Association, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition,
the Cincinnati Surgical Society, the Society for Parenteral Alimentation,
the Society of University Surgeons, and the Halsted Society. He
served the American Board of Surgery as an Examiner from 1994 until
his death and as a Director from 1995-2001.
Dr. Bower was a member of the Editorial Board of
Contemporary Surgery. He was the author and co-author of nearly
100 original publications and book chapters.
Dr. Bower served as President and a member of the
Board of Trustees of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Cincinnati. He was
a member of Knox Presbyterian Church serving as Elder and a member
of the Board of Trustees.
Dr. Bower was happiest when surrounded by his family
and close friends. His fondest memories were from his quaint cabin
on St. Joseph Island, Canada, where he and his family vacationed
every summer since 1980. Up North, he found joy in simple endeavors
and captivated his audiences with the wit and humor that were his
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy
Sibert. He is survived by his wife, Debbie and his children Conrad,
Harvey and Frances, as well as his father, John of Omaha, Nebraska
and his sister, Susan Bower (Scott) Tetrick, Portland, Oregon.