Joyce S. Davis, MD (1989)
Dr. Joyce Stripling Davis was born in Big Spring, Texas (Howard County) on February 18, 1924 to Leslie Dayton Stripling, a drilling contractor, and Alta Estelle Hull, a school teacher. She was the oldest of four children, Bettye King, Margaret Oliver, and Celia Young.
Dr. Davis met her future husband, Phil Davis, at Baylor College of Medicine in Waco. They were married in 1946 and had had four children, Roger, Diane, Mark, and Scott.
Dr. Davis died on May 9 2014 in Austin, Texas.
Medical Education & Practice
Dr. Davis graduated valedictorian of her high school class in Crystal City, Texas. She went to Baylor University in Waco for her undergraduate work and received her BS degree graduating in the Centennial Class of Baylor University.
Dr. Davis graduated with her MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She met her husband, Phil, while in medical school and they married before graduation. After graduating in 1947, they moved to St. Louis, Missouri where Dr. Davis interned in pathology at Washington University.
In 1949, Dr. Davis spent five-and-a-half months in pediatrics residency at Methodist Hospital in Dallas, Texas, and then worked part-time in the Harris County Health Department until her daughter was born in 1950. Dr. Davis and Phil went into general practice in Denton, Texas for a short time in 1950, later taking their practice to Mt. Vernon.
Phil was called into the army and stationed in Korea. Dr. Davis could not sustain their private practice, so she served a part-time residency in pathology at Baylor Hospital in Dallas. After completing her residency, she became board certified in anatomic pathology in 1958 and in clinical pathology in 1960.
Dr. Davis became an instructor in pathology at Baylor College of Medicine in 1956, was promoted to assistant professor in 1960, and then promoted to associate professor in 1965. She was the coordinator of student instruction in pathology and supervised and taught pathology residents at Ben Taub General Hospital from 1961 to 1975. She was associate attending pathologist at Ben Taub General Hospital, associate in pathology at Methodist Hospital, and a consultant to the Veterans’ Administration Hospital.
In 1975, she became the first professor and head of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Texas A&M University’s new College of Medicine. She was instrumental in organizing the pathology department and served as the head of the department until her retirement in 1990. During this time Dr. Davis served on the courtesy staff of six hospitals, medical groups, and medical centers as a consultant in pathology or director of laboratories.
Among Dr. Davis’s many appointments, she served as director of the yearly postgraduate course in Urologic Curriculum Committees; she was on the ad hoc committee to study the feasibility of the Baylor-Texas A&M University Affiliated Medical Programs; she was chairman of the subcommittee of the Promotions Committee on Examinations in Basic Sciences, and chairman of the Pathology Department Teaching Committee.
She was a member of the American Society of Clinical Pathology, the U.S.-Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Texas Society of Electron Microscopy, the Texas Society of Histotechnology, and the Texas Society of Cytology. Dr. Davis has been recognized both as a teacher and for her contributions to pathology. In 1984, she received a distinguished alumnus honor at Baylor University. She was named Consortium Scholar for her work in 1972 to 1973 on the Self-Instructional Materials Project of the Southern Medical Schools Consortium. In 1973, she received an Outstanding Teacher Award by Baylor College of Medicine, and in 1983 she received the Faculty Achievement Award in Teaching by the Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University.
Texas Society of Pathologists
Dr. Davis joined the TSP in 1977. She served as a delegate from District 12, and was on the Scientific Programs and the Medical Technology Committees. She was vice president of the TSP in 1987 and president in 1989.
Dr. Davis received the George T. Caldwell, MD Award in 1997 for her contributions in the field of pathology.
Dr. Davis has authored or co-authored twenty-five professional manuscripts, nine professional abstracts and presentations, five self-instructional packages, and nine invited papers and workshops.
Duffy, J., Lidsky, M. D., Sharp, J. T., Davis, J. S., Person, D. A., Hollinger, F. B., & Min, K. W. (1976). Polyarthritis, polyarteritis and hepatitis B. Medicine, 55(1), 19-37.
Kahil, M. E., Fred, H. L., Brown, H., & Davis, J. S. (1964). Acute fatty liver of pregnancy: Report of two cases. Archives of internal medicine, 113(1), 63.
Graber, C. D., Higgins, L. S., & Davis, J. S. (1965). Seldom-encountered agents of bacterial meningitis. JAMA, 192(11), 956-960.
Prichard, R. W., Davis, J. S., & Matsen, J. M. (1992). Teaching pathology to medical students in the 1990s: a 1989 symposium of the Association of Pathology Chairmen. Human pathology, 23(2), 98-103.