- Russell M. Nelson
English name =Russell M. Nelson
birth_name=Russell Marion Nelson
birth_date=birth date and age|1924|09|09
Salt Lake City, Utah
Spencer W. Kimball
apostledate=death date and age|1984|04|07|1924|09|09
LeGrand Richardsand Mark E. Petersen[Nelson and Dallin H. Oakswere ordained to fill the vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles caused by the deaths of Richards and Petersen.]
Russell Marion Nelson (born
September 9, 1924) is a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, one of the governing bodies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints(LDS Church). He is also an American physician and cardiothoracic surgeon.
A native of Salt Lake City,
Utah, Nelson received an M.D. degree from the University of Utahin August 1947. Shortly thereafter, he began working with the team of doctors which created the first heart-lung machine. In 1951, the machine was used in the first open-heart operation on a human being. Four years later, Nelson was the first doctor in Utah to perform successful open-heart surgery using a heart-lung machine.
Nelson served a two-year term of medical duty in the
U.S. Armyduring the Korean War, being stationed in Korea, Japan, and at Walter Reed Army Medical Centerin Washington, D.C.Later he worked for a year at Massachusetts General Hospitalin Boston, Massachusetts.
He received a Ph.D. degree from the
University of Minnesotain 1954.
Nelson returned to Salt Lake City in 1955 and was initially on the academic staff of the College of Medicine at the University of Utah, where in November of that year he performed the first cardiac operation in Utah utilizing
cardiopulmonary bypass. That operation was performed at the Salt Lake General Hospital (SLGH) on an adult with an atrial septa defect.
In March 1956, Nelson performed the first successful pediatric cardiac operation at the SLGH, a total repair of
tetralogy of Fallotin a four-year-old girl. In 1959, he joined the staff of the Salt Lake Clinic, became associated with the LDS Hospital, and continued to make major contributions to the development of the thoracic specialty both in the clinical sciences and as the second director of the residency program.
Nelson's surgical volume was sufficiently large that it was a critical component of the residents' experience. He was an innovative and facile surgeon responsible for many improvements in cardiac operations. He also established a research laboratory at LDS Hospital.
By the late 1960s, Nelson's experience with artificial aortic valve implantation was such that he was able to report a large series of patients with an exceptionally low operative mortality.
In a unique combination of spiritual and professional obligations, Nelson performed heart surgery on LDS Church president
Spencer W. Kimball.
Professional leadership acknowledgments
Nelson became involved with the administrative aspects of medicine and was elected president of the Utah State Medical Association. He was chair of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at LDS Hospital from 1967 to 1974 and director of the University of Utah Affiliated Hospital residency program in thoracic surgery from 1967 to 1984.
He was honored nationally by being elected president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.
Past professional positions and honors
*President of the Thoracic Surgical Directors Association
*President of the Society for Vascular Surgery
*President of the Utah State Medical Association
*Director of the American Board of Thoracic Surgery
*Chairman of the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery for the
American Heart Association
*Chairman of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the LDS Hospital
*Vice-chairman of the board of governors at the LDS Hospital
*"Citation for International Service" from the American Heart Association
*"Golden Plate Award" from the
American Academy of Achievement
In addition to his medical work, Nelson became a leader in the LDS Church. Before being appointed an apostle, he spent over six years (
December 6, 1964– July 11, 1971) as a stake presidentset apart by Spencer W. Kimball. Joseph B. Wirthlinwas his second counselor during all his time as stake president. Nelson also served for eight years as the general president of the church's Sunday School, and four years as a regional representative of the Twelve.
Nelson was called to be an apostle by Church President
Spencer W. Kimball, to whom he had served as a personal physician for many years. Nelson was sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on April 7, 1984in an LDS Church general conference. He was ordained apostle on April 12, 1984by Gordon B. Hinckley. At the same conference, Dallin H. Oakswas also sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Nelson and Oaks filled the vacancies in the Quorum that were created by the deaths of LeGrand Richardsand Mark E. Petersen.
As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, Nelson is accepted by the church as a
prophet, seer, and revelator.
Nelson married Dantzel White on
August 31, 1945in the Salt Lake Temple. They have 9 daughters and a son. [cite journal |last=Nelson |first=Russell M. |authorlink= |coauthors= |year=1993 |month=February 23 |title=Integrity of Heart |journal=BYU Speeches |volume= |issue= |pages= |id= |url=http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=7102 |accessdate= 2008-02-18 |quote= ] Dantzel died unexpectedly at her home in Salt Lake City on February 12, 2005. She was survived by nine children.
April 6, 2006Nelson married Wendy L. Watson in the Salt Lake Temple. Watson—originally from Raymond, Alberta, Canada—is the daughter of the late Leonard David Watson and Laura McLean Watson. At the time of the marriage, Watson was a professorof marriage and family therapy in the School of Family Life at Brigham Young University(BYU). Watson retired from her career on 1 May 2006. She received her R.N.in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, her B.A.from the University of Hawaiokinai at Mānoa, her M.Sc.from BYU, and her Ph.D.from the University of Calgary. She served as chair of BYU Women’s Conference for 1999 and 2000, and is the author of several books and addresses recorded on CD, including "Rock Solid Relationships" and "Things Are Not Always as They Appear."
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* [http://www.lds.org/ldsnewsroom/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=b1a1790fbf69f010VgnVCM100000176f620aRCRD&vgnextchannel=67509c643826e010VgnVCM1000004e94610aRCRD LDS Church biography]
* [http://www.utahmedalumni.org/book/Medicine_in_the_Beehive_State-22.pdf University of Utah School of Medicine Alumni Association]
*Gardner, Marvin K. (June 1984). [http://library.lds.org/nxt/gateway.dll/Magazines/Ensign/1984.htm/ensign%20june%201984%20.htm/elder%20russell%20m.%20nelson%20applying%20divine%20laws.htm?f=templates$fn=document-frame.htm$3.0$q=$x= Elder Russell M. Nelson: Applying Divine Laws.] "Ensign", p. 9
July 17, 1971, p. 7.
July 3, 1971, p. 3.
*Heart to Heart, an Autobiography, p. 344.
* [http://www.gapages.com/nelsorm1.htm Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Russell M. Nelson]
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