This edition of Williams Gynecology is dedicated to David L. Hemsell, MD, who served as Director of the Division of Gynecology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital for more than 20 years. During this tenure, his national awards have included a Meritorious Achievement award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and an Outstanding Service award from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Early in his training, Dr. Hemsell joined the Air Force and served our country as a Flight Medical Officer. In these years, he pursued specialty training in reproductive endocrinology with Dr. Paul MacDonald. He joined our faculty as the Division Director of Gynecology in 1977. In addition to his Director role, Dr. Hemsell was the Chief of Gynecology at Parkland Memorial Hospital and Medical Director of the Parkland Obstetrics and Gynecology Emergency Room. In these roles, Dr. Hemsell created an environment in which evidence-based medicine was the standard for care. Accordingly, patients, residents, and junior faculty all benefitted from this scientific health care approach. He also served as Director of the Faculty Sexual Assault Examination and Testimony Program. In that role, he coordinated the examinations of many thousands of sexual assault victims and the collection of legal evidence. As a result of his efforts, Dallas County has a system regarded as among the best in medical and legal care for these victims.
During his academic career, Dr. Hemsell added foundational knowledge regarding the etiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of female pelvic infections, especially those following gynecologic surgeries. With this expertise, he served as journal reviewer for multiple journals. He has added to academic knowledge through his nearly 50 book chapters and 100 peer-reviewed articles on multiple gynecologic topics.
For us in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Hemsell plays an important role of mentor and colleague. His experience and clinical expertise are invaluable and provide a valuable sounding board for challenging gynecology cases. On so many levels, we have benefitted greatly from his academic and clinical contributions.