Charles Bernard Puestow (1902-1973): American surgeon and commander of the 27th Evacuation Hospital during the Second World War

J Med Biogr. 2017 Aug;25(3):147-152. doi: 10.1177/0967772015608052. Epub 2015 Oct 27.


Dr. Charles Bernard Puestow (1902-1973) was an American surgeon who is well known for developing the longitudinal pancreaticojejunostomy, which is known as the "Puestow procedure" in his honor. Puestow served in the American military during the Second World War and commanded the 27th Evacuation Hospital, which provided medical and surgical services to wounded individuals in Europe and North Africa. In 1946, he founded the surgical residency training program at the Hines Veterans Hospital, which was the first such program in the United States based at a veterans hospital.

Keywords: Charles Puestow; Second World War; pancreas; surgery.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article

MeSH terms

  • Europe
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Military Medicine / history*
  • Military Personnel*
  • Surgeons
  • United States
  • World War II*

Personal name as subject

  • Charles Bernard Puestow