TAOG honors those who have passed on who have significantly contributed to our speciality and to TAOG.
Dave Weldon Kittrell, MD
1948 - 2010
Dave Kittrell was an unapologetic advocate of any woman's rights to excellent medical care, whatever her circumstances. Politics and especially the politics of medicine, was his avocation. He was a quiet man, but found his voice when he saw the threats to the future of medicine. He served at the local, county, state and national level across multiple boards and associations. He was a member of the San Antonio Oak Hills Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Bexar County Medical Society for ten years, he served the last two as Treasurer. He served on the Council on Legislation of the Texas Medical Association for nine years and as a consultant to the TMA Professional Liability Committee. As a past president of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, he served on the TAOG Executive Council and as Chairman of the Texas Section, District VII ACOG. He found a second home on the Texas Medical Liability Trust Board of Governors. He served on this board from 1989 to 1998, was reappointed in 2001 and served until his death. He was elected Secretary-Treasurer, Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Board at different times for twelve of those years.
Raymond H. Kaufman, MD
1925 - 2010
Dr. Raymond H. Kaufman was born on November 24, 1925, in Brooklyn, New York, where he graduated from Erasmus High School. He earned his medical degree in 1948 from the University of Maryland Medical School and he completed his residency at Beth Israel Hospital in New York in 1953. After serving two years in the Air Force in Bryan, Texas, he came to The Methodist Hospital in Houston to complete his fellowship in Pathology and joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in 1956, where he served as Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology for 23 years and remained at Baylor for 48 years as Professor in the Departments of Ob/Gyn and Pathology. He became a certified Diplomate of the American Board of ObGyn in 1959 and was certified by the American Society of Cytology in 1967. At the time of his death, he was Professor Emeritus in the Department of ObGyn at Baylor College of Medicine and Professor of ObGyn at Weil Medical College of Cornell University.
Dr. Kaufman faced numerous physical challenges throughout his life after contracting polio during the 1954 epidemic. His family and friends marveled at his incredibly positive spirit and his fierce strength and determination. His disabilities never slowed him down.
Dr. Kaufman was an active member and officer of numerous professional and scientific societies, including President of the Houston Ob/Gyn Society, the Texas Association of Ob/Gyn, the Central Association of Ob/Gyn, and the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease.
He published over 270 articles in the medical literature and authored the definitive textbook on vulvar and vaginal diseases entitled "Benign Diseases of the Vulva and Vagina." Dr. Kaufman's research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1972. In his clinical practice, he combined his expertise in pathology with his practice in gynecology to become one of the leading gynecologic pathologists in the world. He specialized in the treatment of vulvar diseases and lectured on his specialties throughout the world. He was active in on-going research into the effects of DES on the women whose mothers were given this drug during their pregnancies. Dr. Kaufman received many awards and honors throughout his career, most recently the prestigious John McGovern Compleat Physician Award in 2010. Perhaps his greatest legacy is his mentoring of hundreds of students, residents, and colleagues, and he served as a guiding light to numerous others. Dr. Kaufman was guest Adjucator for several years for the Texas Resident Research Symposium which has been held as part of the TAOG Annual Meeting, and he enjoyed mentoring the young physicians who will become future leaders in the specialty.