Remembering E. Thomas Boles, MD, Pediatric Surgeon

(From the July 2018 Issue of MedStat)

Dr. E. Thomas Boles, Jr., born May 6, 1921, grew up in Columbus and attended The Ohio State University for two years before transferring to William and Mary College where he graduated in 1942. He then attended Harvard Medical School where he received his medical degree in 1945. After taking a surgical internship in New York City at St. Luke's Hospital, he served in the United States Army Medical Corps for two years, primarily in post-war Japan serving first as a base surgeon at Ashiya Air Base and then at Tachikawa Air Base as head of the surgical service. He moved to New York City in 1948 to complete a two-year residency at St. Luke's Hospital.

In 1950, Dr. Boles accepted the invitation of Dr. Robert Zollinger to train as a surgical resident at The Ohio State University. It was during this time that he became particularly interested in pediatric surgery. After this residency, he continued his career at Nationwide Children's Hospital as a pediatric surgeon, earning the respect of colleagues at home and abroad. In 1969 he was named chief and associate medical director of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, positions he held until retirement in 1991. He was also director of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at The Ohio State University for 19 years. He was a founding member of the American Pediatric Surgical Association and served as its president in 1977.

Dr. Boles valued scholarship, had a deep and abiding love of the arts, and enjoyed many outdoor sports including skiing, bicycling, sailing and golf. His family looked forward to summer trips to Glen Lake in northern MI and winter ski holidays. Later in life he took up the game of bridge and became a skilled player.

Dr. Boles passed away in June 2018. To share a memory of Dr. Boles, visit