Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
George W. Crile
Inducted in 1997
Crile is remembered as one of the nation's finest surgeons and one of the founders of the world-famous Cleveland Clinic. Crile was known for his surgical skills, particularly when it came to neck and thyroid surgery. During the Spanish-American War, Crile served as a brigade surgeon. During the war, he observed the relationship between shock, blood pressure and death on patients. He later would perform the first person-to-person blood transfusion in Cleveland in 1906. Crile would also serve as brigadier general in the Medical Reserve Corps after World War I. In 1912, Crile was one of 12 men who were picked to form a committee on organizing the American College of Surgeons. Crile would serve on its governing board for 26 years.