Paint the Ceiling Lectureship

This lecture was first given by Past President Gregory J. (“Jerry”) Jurkovich as his Presidential Address, and while he was recovering from a serious medical illness. The content and poignancy of this talk so resonated with the Association that it has become an annual invited lecture at the Western Trauma Association Annual Meeting. Unlike the scientific session program, this lecture is geared toward the humanitarian aspects of medicine. Past lectures have been personal, local, national, and global in their dealing with the holistic and humanitarian issues involved in the care of a patient. They have ranged from social aspects that affect care, programs providing relief in troubled or impoverished areas, global health care delivery, or personal reflections on delivering care in a holistic fashion.

A speaker is chosen annually by the current President of the WTA. Unlike the scientific session program, this lecture is attended by all participants, guests, and their families. The Western Trauma Foundation provides an honorarium and expenses for this lecture.

1997G. Jerry Jurkovich, MDSnowbird
1998John W. McGill, MDLake Louise
1999William T. Close, MDCrested Butte
2000Jimmy CornellSquaw Valley
2001Geoff Tabin, MDBig Sky
2002James H. “Red” Duke, MDWhistler
2003David V. Shatz, MDSnowbird
2004Susan and Tim BakerSteamboat Springs
2005Alex Habel, MDJackson Hole
2006Andrew SchneiderBig Sky
2007Ernest E. Moore, MDSteamboat Springs
2008Pamela KallsenSquaw Valley
2009Sylvia Campbell, MDCrested Butte
2010William Schecter, MDTelluride
2011Jeff McKenney, MDBig Sky
2012Larry M. Gentilello, MDVail
2013Neil L. Barg, MDSnowmass
2014Ziad Sifri, MDSteamboat Springs
2015Julie Freischlag, MDTelluride
2016Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhDSquaw Valley
2017Kenneth Waxman, MD, FACSSnowbird
2018Steven R. Shackford, MDWhistler
2019M. Margaret “Peggy” Knudson MDSnowmass
2020Master Sergeant Chris Willingham, USMC, RetiredSun Valley
2022Patrick J. IrelandBig Sky