The McVay Operation

  • John J. Ryan


Chester Bidwell McVay was born in Yankton, South Dakota, in 1911. He graduated from Yankton College in 1933 cum laude. McVay then went to Northwestern University in Chicago, and he qualified both M.D. and Ph.D. While at Northwestern, he did his research in the anatomy laboratory, where he concentrated his studies on the anatomy of the abdominal wall and the inguinal and femoral regions. This research culminated in several publications by McVay and his anatomical research associate, Barry J. Anson. McVay then went on to complete a surgical residency at the University of Michigan. On completion of surgical training, he served in the United States Army and, after World War II, returned to his home town of Yankton, where he practiced surgery continuously until his retirement in 1977. During his time as a surgeon in Yankton, not only did Dr. McVay continue to publish in prestigious surgical journals, but he was also instrumental in the establishment of a 4-year medical school in the state of South Dakota and in the founding of a general surgical residency program, the first of its kind in South Dakota. In 1977, Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton was fully approved for general surgical residency training, and Dr. Chester McVay was appointed Founding Chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.


Femoral Hernia Pathologic Anatomy Inguinal Ligament Transversus Abdominis Transversalis Fascia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John J. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SurgeryUniversity of South Dakota School of MedicineSioux FallsUSA

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