The Arts & Humanities Program brings art to the medical setting, and now also helps put medicine in the art setting.
The Artist Among Us
Thomas C. Lee, MD on the cover of the Nov 1973 Georgetown Medical Bulletin.
Generations of Georgetown doctors knew and loved Thomas C. Lee, MD (C’48, R’59) (1927-2015), surgeon, professor, and artist. In addition to the works he shared with family and friends, his art graced the covers of this magazine’s predecessor, Georgetown Medical Bulletin, which he edited for nearly 20 years. Though he worked in a variety of styles, Lee often created portraits to accompany profiles, including this one of Ray Holden (M’28) which can be found today in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Plastic surgeon John Gatti (M’78), who continues to paint in watercolor and oils, was inspired by Lee. “He gave me the courage to do it,” he says.
As his Washington Post obituary noted, “In art circles he was ‘the surgeon’; in his medical practice he was ‘the artist.’ In his description of himself, they were inseparable.”