There were very few specialists when I came here. There were a few, but there was no strict criteria for exactly who did what. At Winter Park and at the San and even at the Orange, there were a lot of doctors, returned missionaries, and well trained family doctors, some of the bread and butter surgery. That was okay, but at Winter Park here’s what happened…
Dr. Charles David Price details the progress of medicine in Central Florida in this second part of our series Medicine in Central Florida. From antibiotics to robotics, he tells us how “medicine really improved with the advent of highly trained specialists.”
In the 1950s, Dr. Price was the only Board Certified surgeon from Orlando to Jacksonville. On November 30, 2012 the University of Florida Research and Academic Center opened at Lake Nona enhancing Orlando’s medical city. Orlando now has some of the world’s leading medical specialists and offers top medical facilities.
Dr. Price’s son, Dr. Charles T. Price, works in Central Florida as “Director of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), where he leads an international group of orthopedic surgeons in efforts to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of hip dysplasia, the most common abnormality in newborn infants and a frequent cause of hip arthritis in adults. He is principal investigator and coordinator for a multi-national clinical trial for treatment for infant hip dislocations.”
His book published in 2012, Can You Feel It in Your Bones? How a Doctor’s Quest Uncovered the Hidden Benefits of Silicon for Bone Health goes beyond traditional medicine with research on nutrition and silicon.
Learn more about how Orlando became the medical city it is today in this two part medical oral history interview with General Surgeon Dr. C. David Price.
LISTEN Part I (14:13)
LISTEN Part II (12:15)
Dr. C. David Price is a founding member of the Florida Association of General Surgeons and the first Board Certified Surgeon in Winter Park. He served in WWII and the Korean War. Before coming to Central Florida he was Chief of Surgery at Biloxi Air Force Hospital and worked as a surgeon in the Veterans Administration Hospital. His private practice in Central Florida spans three decades (1954-1987) and numerous leadership positions such as head of the Orange County Medical Society Grievance Committee, Board of Trustee for Winter Park Memorial Hospital, and involvement in numerous church and civic activities.
Dr. Price passed away on May 3, 2014. Read his obituary on Legacy.com