Department of Surgery

Mary McCarthy, M.D., FACS, Chair

Robert P. Turk, M.D., remembered as physician, scholar & educator

Col. Robert P. Turk, M.D.Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine hosted a tribute to the late Dr. Robert P. Turk at Wright State University on April 22, 2014. Robert P. Turk, M.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.), professor emeritus in surgery at the Boonshoft School of Medicine, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at Hospice of Dayton. He was 82. A video of the presentation and speakers is at the bottom of this webpage.

Dr. Turk will be remembered as a committed physician, a scholar, and an outstanding educator. He touched the lives of many people during his service to the Dayton medical community and the nation.

Dr. Turk served as chair of the Department of Surgery at Wright-Patterson Medical Center (WPMC) and founded the WPMC General Surgery Residency Program (December 1975 to September 1979). He was instrumental in the integration of the WPMC program with the surgical training program at Wright State University School of Medicine in 1979.

Dr. Turk was a member of the Department of Medical Education at St. Elizabeth Medical Center (SEMC), from 1979 to 2000, and after closure of SEMC, he continued his service to medical education in the Department of Surgery at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

To make a contribution to the Robert P. Turk, M.D., Scholarship Fund, visit our Opportunities for Giving page.