William S. Stoney Collection

Identifier: EBL-0241

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William S. Stoney

Collection Scope and Content Summary

42 DVD's, videotapes, and typed transcipts of most interviews.


  • 1950 - 2005


Notes about Access to this Collection

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Reproduction Rights

Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University or is retained by the authors of specific published items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical or Biographical Note

Dr. William Shannon Stoney received his B.S. from the University of the South in 1950 and his M.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1954. After completing his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University Hospital, 1954--1962, he spent a year as a Senior Registrar of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at The General Infirmary in Leeds, England, 1962-1963. By the mid 60's, open heart surgery was becoming more commonly performed and with good results. In Leeds, a team was performing two open-heart operations a week in addition to other procedures. That experience inspired William Stoney to seek out a career in cardiothoracic surgery. He returned to Nashville, TN and headed the heart surgery team at St. Thomas Hospital. Dr. Stoney's "Pioneers of Cardiovasdcular Surgery" interviews is a project he has pursued in his retirement. This project combines his medical knowledge and his love of history.


5.50 Cubic Feet (1 Hollinger box and 4 Paige boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection "Pioneers of Cardiovascular Surgery" consists of 42 videotaped interviews of surgeons who developed open heart surgery in the second half of the 20th century. Dr. William S. Stoney, a cardio-thoracic surgeon on the staff of Vanderbilt University Medical School conceived the idea of creating this collection and he personally conducted the interviews. Each interview is approximately 60 minutes in length. In addition, collection contains brief bioigraphy of the interviewee as well as a transcript for most of the interviews. This collection of interviews ultimately led to Dr. Stoney's publication of the book, "Pioneers in Cardiac Surgery" in 2008 by Vanderbilt University Press.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

The Collection consists of a boxed set of transcripts, and two sets of video tapes (Beta format master tapes, and VHS format)The DVD's are shelved in the History of Medicine Collections Room.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Dr. William Stoney. Transferred to the Archives on April 10, 2015 as described in a deed of gift of that date.

Processing History

Processed shortly after acquisition in 2015.

William S. Stoney Collection
History of Medicine Collections Staff
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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