St. Luke’s Estes Surgical Associates

Our History

Continuing the Tradition Started by Drs. Estes

The doctors of Estes Surgical Associates are proud to continue the health care tradition started by Dr. William Estes Sr. and his son Dr. William Estes Jr. These father and son surgeons are prominent figures in the history of American surgery and trauma care...and it all started right here at St. Luke's in Bethlehem.

William Estes, Sr.

William Estes, Sr. began his career as the first Superintendent and Chief of Staff at St. Luke's Hospital in 1881 and served in that position until 1920. He developed a sophisticated EMS (Emergency Medical Services) system to support the railroads that is the precursor of modern "first aid" stations. He opened one of the first nursing schools in the United States. His pioneering work on fracture care formed the basis for the original American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma.

William Estes, Jr.

William Estes, Jr. was a giant in American Surgery who served as President of the College in 1957 and President of the AAST (American Association for the Surgery of Trauma) in 1958. He delivered the Scudder Oration on Trauma to the American College of Surgeons in 1953 on "Non-penetrating Abdominal Trauma" and wrote extensively on a multitude of topics in Emergency Surgery, Trauma and Rehabilitation. He became Chief of Surgery at St. Luke's Hospital in 1930 and was appointed as Director of Medical Education following his retirement from clinical surgery.

The history of modern medicine in the Lehigh Valley is defined by the work of these dynamic individuals. Our group strives to continue in their footsteps advancing the clinical and academic frontiers of emergency surgery, trauma and critical care.

Our group is dedicated to continuing in their footsteps by advancing the clinical and academic frontiers of emergent and general surgery, trauma and critical care services.