1932: Developing a Rabies Serum

Pioneering female pathologist Dr. Martha Wood manages one of largest departments at The Methodist Hospital. Wood is known for her rabies serum,derived from rabbits,and is one of the first female pathologists to be part of the State Pathological Society of Texas. She uses her knowledge of microscopy, bacteriology and chemistry to diagnose patients’ diseases.

1935: First Brain Tumor Operation in Houston

Dr. James A. Greenwood Jr. performs the first brain tumor operation in Houston at The Methodist Hospital with handmade tools. One of only a few neurosurgeons in Texas, Greenwood performs the first brain tumor operation in Houston using surgical tools he made himself. This ushers in an era of major advancements in treating brain disorders and, under Greenwood’s direction as chief, establishes Methodist as a leader in neurosurgery.