Bruce C. Gilliland, M.D. - Lucile T. Henderson Endowed Professorship in Rheumatology
The Bruce C. Gilliland, M.D.-Lucile T. Henderson Endowed Professorship in Rheumatology, established in 2008, pays tribute to two extraordinary people, both of whom spent their professional lives caring for others.
Bruce Gilliland, M.D., was a UW Medicine alumnus, one who spent 45 years at the institution: as an intern, resident, fellow, physician, administrator and a professor in medicine and laboratory medicine. Dr. Gilliland fulfilled many functions at UW Medicine — director of the internal medicine residency program, acting dean of the School of Medicine and acting head of the Division of Rheumatology, among others. He loved teaching, especially by the bedside, introducing students to the art of taking a patient’s history, the skills of physical examination, the intellectual rigor in reaching an appropriate diagnosis. One rheumatologist who trained with Dr. Gilliland said, “Bruce was the major inspiration in my becoming a rheumatologist. I have always considered him my personal role model. I just wish I had his big hands, to lay on the patient and provide as much comfort in that simple act as he always did.”
Lucile Evelyn Townsend Henderson was born in 1904, and she graduated from the University of Washington in 1927 with a degree in economics and a minor in French. Her family didn’t have enough money to support graduate studies, so Ms. Henderson went to work, instead. Her career was spent working with children in various capacities: as the executive director of the Seattle Girl Scouts Council and later, with her husband Frank C. Henderson, in running the San Juan International Camp for Boys on San Juan Island, Wash. Mrs. Henderson was widely admired for her directness and intelligence, and when she died, she left a portion of her estate to support research into the disease that had afflicted her sister —rheumatoid arthritis.
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