Kredel Springs Lecture

Invited Speaker

Kredel Springs Lecture


About Justin Dimick, MD

Justin B. Dimick, M.D., M.P.H. is the Frederick A. Coller Distinguished Professor of Surgery and Chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Michigan. Dr. Dimick is a graduate of Cornell University and Johns Hopkins Medical School. He completed his surgical training at the University of Michigan and a health services research fellowship at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice. Dr. Dimick has served in several national leadership positions, including President of the Association for Academic Surgery (AAS), Chair of the Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD) Study Section at the NIH, Associate Editor at Annals of Surgery, and the Surgical Innovation Editor at JAMA Surgery. He has served as an advisor on quality and health policy for several organizations, including the BlueCross BlueShield Association (BCBSA), the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS-NSQIP), US News and World Reports Best Hospital Rankings, and the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Dr. Dimick served as the Director of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes & Policy at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2019, prior to his appointment as chair. This group includes 100+ faculty and staff focused on improving the quality and efficiency of acute and specialty care. With R01 funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), his own research focuses on quality measurement, policy evaluation, and large-scale, innovative quality improvement interventions. He is currently the primary mentor on 8 funded K-awards for junior faculty. He is also the PI on an NIH T32 training grant focused on training the next generation of surgeon-scientists. He has more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, including papers in NEJM, JAMA, Health Affairs, and the leading surgical journals.   

About the Named Lecture

The Kredel-Springs Lectureship honors Frederick E. Kredel, M.D. and Holmes B. Springs, M.D. for their contributions and personal dedication to resident education and continuing medical education. The Lectureship is made possible through an endowment created by donations from the Kredel and Springs families, colleagues and the Department of Surgery. 

Dr. Frederick E. Kredel was born in Pittsburgh in 1903. He received his Medical Degree from Johns Hopkins University and went on to the University of Chicago where he served as an intern, assistant resident, chief resident and fellow in surgery from 1929 until 1936. He came to the Medical College of South Carolina in 1937 as one of the first full-time professors. In 1943, Dr. Kredel was appointed Chairman of the Department of Surgery, serving in that capacity until 1960. During his tenure, substantial progress was made by the Department. In addition to developing the first blood bank in Charleston, Dr. Kredel is known as the first career academic surgeon at MUSC, and is held in high regard for his teaching excellence by the many residents he trained.

Dr. Holmes B. Springs was born in Greenville, SC in 1921. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of South Carolina and attended Protestant Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia, where he completed his internship. Dr. Springs was a true general surgeon, and his practice included Orthopedic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Urology, Otolaryngology, and Abdominal Surgery. Dr. Springs served as member of the MUSC Board of Trustees and sat the on the admissions committee. Dr. Springs was also a member of the American College of Surgeons. He retired in 1988. In 1999, Dr. and Mrs. Springs gave a generous gift to the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina to further general surgery residents’ education.

Past Speakers 

 2022  Ronald Weigel, M.D. Ph.D. Basic Science Discovery in Surgery: A critical need for surgeon-scientists
 2021  Mary Hawn MD   
 2020  Karl Bilimoria, M.D., MS  Fanning the Burnout Fire: How Our Misconceptions and Good Intentions Could Fail Tomorrow’s Surgeons.
 2019  Taylor S. Riall, M.D., Ph.D.  Energy Leadership: Choosing Wellbeing, Resilience, and Effective Communication
2018  Bruce Gewertz, M.D. Sustaining Fulfillment in Work and Life 
 2017  Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D. Strategies and Current Management of a Lethal Tumor: Pancreatic Cancer
 2016  Alan Flake, M.D. Surgical Cellular, Genetic, and Physiologic Strategies for Fetal Treatment and the
 2015  Julie A. Freischlag, M.D.  Clinical and Personal Comparative Effectiveness
 2014  John L. Cameron, M.D William Stewart Halsted; Our Surgical Heritage
 2013  L. Scott Levin, M.D.  The History of and Evolution of Modern Limb Salvage –The Orthoplastic Approach
 2012  Keith D. Lillemoe, M.D.  Current Management of Common Bile Duct Injuries