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S. Terry Canale, MD

As a young orthopaedic surgeon in 1973, S. Terry Canale, MD, admittedly was less than thrilled to begin his service in the U.S. Army. But this initial reluctance quickly changed to a sense of commitment and pride when he began treating patients who had been wounded in Vietnam at the U.S. Army Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas. “Caring for injured troops showed me the depth of their courage and their determination. No matter the severity of their injury or the problems it produced, they faced them head-on and found ways to cope and continue with their lives,” says Dr. Canale. Those soldiers and the ones he now meets as chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Tennessee – Campbell Clinic “have been an inspiration for me to remain optimistic and committed, even during adversity,” Dr. Canale says.

Military Doc

30 x 12 x 1.5 in.

Acrylic on canvas

As the editor of three editions of Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics, the definitive reference in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Canale knows about the innovations in trauma care that have helped to save the limbs of soldiers that at one time might have been amputated. But his artwork focuses on the human element of medicine. “The surgeon’s coat and the camouflage cap symbolize to me the dual roles of military doctors [as] warriors and healers who have given their best efforts to the treatment of our servicemen and women and who deserve our appreciation and accolades,” Dr. Canale says.


Patriotic Surgeon

18 x 24 x 1.5 in.

Acrylic on canvas

The military surgeon superimposed on the U.S. flag symbolizes the patriotism and dedication of these physicians.