Donivan Bessinger


C. Donivan Bessinger, MD, MS(Surg), FACS



Dr. Bessinger (" Don ") is a surgeon who practiced in South Carolina from 1969 until retirement in June 2002. He is also an author who writes from a global perspective, shaped, in part, by diverse medical experiences in New England, Hawaii, the Philippines, Antarctica, and Haiti.


Born, Louisville, Kentucky, 1936.
Public schools, Pickens SC and Asheville NC.
College: Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City TN, Bachelor of Science, 1958;
Research laboratory technician, Oak Ridge (TN) Institute of Nuclear Studies, 1958.


Medical Educaton

Doctor of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1961.
Internship, The Queen's Hospital, Honolulu HI, 1961-1962.
Resident in Surgery, Greenville General Hospital, Greenville SC, 1964-1966, 1967-1969.
Surgical Research Fellow, University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, 1966-1967.
Master of Science in Surgery, University of Virginia, 1968.


Military Service

Lieutenant (MC), United States Naval Reserve, General Medical Officer, 1962-1964.
Antarctic Support Activities, Davisville, Rhode Island:
Officer-In-Charge (1963), South Pole Station, Antarctica.
Resigned commission, 1970, Honorable discharge.


Professional Practice

Medical License: North Carolina and South Carolina.
Diplomate, American Board of Surgery, since 1970.
Fellow, American College of Surgeons, since 1973.
Private practice of general surgery in Greenville SC, 1969 – 2002,
limited to surgery for diseases of breast after September 1990.


Professional Retirement

University of South Carolina School of Medicine – Greenville

Emeritus, Faculty Affiliate


            (Continuing independent research on philosophical issues
             in medical practice; and consciousness studies)


Professional Writing is listed separately.


            (see also: >  “Essays on Ethics and Healing” )