UMMC physicians inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Fame

Both men are described as giants in medicine, and both died in 2003

UMMC physicians inducted into the Mississippi Hall of Fame

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Two Mississippi physicians, legends in medicine at UMMC, have been honored for their achievements by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.

Portraits of Dr. Arthur Guyton and Dr. James Hardy are now in the Mississippi Hall of Fame.

The portraits of Dr. Guyton and Dr. Hardy were unveiled at the MHoF in a dual ceremony, a first for the institution. Both revered medical doctors practiced at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Portrait of Dr. Arthur Guyton who was appointed Chair of Physiology at UMMC at the age of 29. Source: WLBT
Portrait of Dr. Arthur Guyton who was appointed Chair of Physiology at UMMC at the age of 29. Source: WLBT

Dr. Guyton, Chair of Physiology at UMMC for 41 years, was the author and publisher of the first edition of the Textbook on Medical Physiology, used in medical schools worldwide. The textbook is still in use today, translated into more than 22 languages.

In 1946, Dr. Guyton was stricken with polio. He would go on to invent the first motorized wheelchair controlled by a joystick.

Guyton's daughter, Dr. Jean Guyton Gispen, represented the family unveiling the painting at the Old Capitol. Source: WLBT
Guyton's daughter, Dr. Jean Guyton Gispen, represented the family unveiling the painting at the Old Capitol. Source: WLBT

Dr. Guyton’s daughter, Jean Guyton-Gispen, is the sixth of 10 children, all who became physicians. “He loved being here. He loved working here,” said Guyton-Gispen. “He loved working with other people here. He loved teaching the medical students and sending them out.”

Dr. James Hardy performed first lung and heart transplants that paved the way for advancements in modern medicine. Source: WLBT
Dr. James Hardy performed first lung and heart transplants that paved the way for advancements in modern medicine. Source: WLBT

In 1963, putting his reputation and career on the line, Dr. Hardy proved to critics that organ transplants were possible. The founding Chair of Surgery for 32 years would go on to perform the world’s first lung and heart transplants at UMMC.

His daughter, Bettie Hardy-Story, said that this year, her brother-in-law had a heart transplant. This comes 15 years to the day of her father’s passing. “He was saying, ‘I wish he was here to read my values, and I’m so thankful for your dad,’” said Hardy-Story. “So, it was a beautiful thing for our family to see how down the line that him stepping through and having that pioneer action has impacted so many lives.”

Hardy's daughter, Bettie Hardy Story, unveiled his painting Tuesday at the Old Capitol. Source: WLBT
Hardy's daughter, Bettie Hardy Story, unveiled his painting Tuesday at the Old Capitol. Source: WLBT

Both men are described as giants in medicine, and both died in 2003.

The portraits were painted by Steve Moppert.

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