Remembering Dr. J. Bradley Aust

Dr. Aust, 2009


In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice Christus Santa Rosa, 4241 Woodcock Drive, Suite A-100, San Antonio, Texas 78228; JB Aust Surgical Society c/o John Myers @ UTHSC 7703 Floyd Curl Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78229; or Reaching Maximum Independence (RMI), 6334 Montgomery, San Antonio, Texas 78259.

If you'd like to submit your thoughts and remembrances of Dr. Aust, please email to John Myers, MD. Dr. Myers will review for posting on our website.



photo Surgery cannot be a committee decision. 'Don't think, do the experiment' said John Hunter, the father of British surgery. 'Action this day' said Winston Churchill. Never wait and see, look and see and carry with the decision to operate the uncomfortable responsibility in a world where lawyers and politicians try to best guess retrospectively what we have to plan with incomplete evidence on a daily basis. How does all this experience hang together for us - still an exclusive band of brothers (and sisters) in a changing world? It is obvious that Brad in Texas and nationally understood without equivocation what was entailed. Honesty, hard work by day and night and unremitting attention to detail were the hallmarks of this small giant.
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David Skidmore, OBE, MA, MD, FRCS, Consultant Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist, London, UK


photo I am saddened to hear of Dr. Aust's passing. I was always amazed how 'young' he was on our trauma nights on call together. It was a pleasure to spend that time with him and an honor to be able to say that he was a mentor of mine. I would make the drive from Dallas to San Antonio but I will be in Ecuador on a surgical mission trip. I am sure he would understand and prefer it that way. My warmest regards to his family. All the best,
Clayton Frenzel, MD, Class of 2007