D-Day anniversary: A young U-M surgeon’s experience

June 5, 2020  //  FOUND IN: News
Darrell Campbell, M.D., and the tent where he operated on D-Day casualties close to the beaches of Normandy.

Seventy-six years ago tomorrow, on D-Day in World War II, a young surgeon landed on Omaha Beach in France, and rapidly began treating the wounded using the training he received as a surgical resident at the University of Michigan’s hospital.

Darrell Campbell, M.D. served as an Army surgeon for several years before returning to the U.S., and becoming the father of a son who bore his name. That son, Darrell Campbell, Jr., M.D., also trained in surgery at U-M. He joined the Department of Surgery faculty and rose to become chief medical officer, as well as a leader in patient safety and quality research. He’s now an emeritus professor.

Although the senior Campbell didn’t discuss his war experience much, his son discovered his father’s notebooks and scrapbooks and created a lecture and essay about his father’s experience healing the victims of the war on fascism.

Watch a lecture Campbell gave about his father’s experience: https://youtu.be/fwftfZ_6IKk

Log in to the U-M Library system to gain access to his essay in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

This is part of the ongoing celebration of Michigan Medicine’s history. For more items, visit https://www.uofmhealth.org/history or search for #MichMed150 on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.