By Rachelle Khalaf
It would be nearly impossible to illustrate the breadth and depth of a medical career spanning five decades in a page or two. It’s best demonstrated in the legacy left behind, the care taken to develop the careers of those poised to take the reins, and the relationships developed with patients and colleagues.
By all accounts, Glenn Landon, M.D., F.A.A.O.S., Associate Medical Director of Specialty Care, leaves behind upon his retirement a legendary legacy that will continue to help transform the way Kelsey-Seybold cares for patients.
A pivotal course change
It was midway through his undergraduate degree in engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania that Dr. Landon decided he wanted to pursue a career as a medical doctor.
“I just overloaded my course load during the year and went to summer school to get the prerequisites for medical school,” said Dr. Landon.
Dr. Landon followed his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering with a medical degree from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in Illinois, graduating cum laude in 1975. His postgraduate training at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Orthopedic Surgery married his interests in medicine and mechanical engineering.
Dr. Landon enjoyed a tremendously successful career before arriving at Kelsey-Seybold. He is often referred to as a master of orthopedic surgery, and with a Master Clinician Award from CHI-St. Luke’s Health, it’s hard to argue anything to the contrary. In 2014, he was named a Fellow of Kelsey-Seybold Clinic – a distinguished honor for physicians who have had a significant impact on the organization.
A trusted colleague and leader
“Dr. Landon has been a real pleasure to work with over the last 27 years. He is one of the smartest people I’ve ever known, and I’ve trusted him to help co-manage many of my own patients who have needed orthopedic care – these are the people who are most precious to me,” said James Hoyle, M.D., F.A.A.P., F.S.A.H.M., Medical Director of Clinical Operations. “Dr. Landon is a true student of medicine. His command of medicine is not just procedural, but also cognitive. It’s not unusual to hear him quoting some scholarly article in conversation that no one else has even heard of before.”
Kelsey-Seybold invited Dr. Landon to lead the Orthopedics department as Chief in 1993, and just five years later he was asked to grow and develop all specialty departments as the Associate Medical Director for Specialty Care.
“Dr. Landon has built a reputation as an outstanding surgeon and clinician, a noted researcher and teacher, and a physician who always puts patients first,” said Tony Lin, M.D., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Managers. “His belief in evidence-based medicine has shaped medical practice here and influenced the next generations of providers.”
Many of the clinical and procedural practices espoused by specialty services today were developed by Dr. Landon and his team of clinical experts over the last 27 years.
Maher Daas, M.D., Associate Medical Director of Specialty Care, Chief of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, notes, “Our Ambulatory Surgery Center has become a center of excellence for outpatient surgery under Dr. Landon’s tutelage. Dr. Landon helped develop a cohesive specialty services team that is tightly connected. It’s one of the reasons why we are as effective and efficient as we are.”
‘There is no one like him’
Dr. Landon is known across Kelsey-Seybold’s specialty services, and throughout the medical center, as a prolific specialty services mentor. He began training young and hopeful orthopedic surgeons right after residency in 1979. He has maintained professorships with several institutions throughout his career and even today as a Clinical Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine.
“If you talk to any orthopedic surgeon who worked with Dr. Landon as a resident, they will all tell you there is no one like him,” said Treneth Baker, M.D., Associate Medical Director of Specialty Care, Chief of Surgery. “Dr. Landon has been my boss for the last 20 years and is one of those people who, even if he disagrees with you, you still respect him afterward. I respect him for his clinical skill, work ethic, and moral ethics, and I will miss his sage wisdom and advice.”
As Dr. Landon prepares to retire, his greatest accomplishments are best measured in the quality of the leadership he leaves behind.
“Upon reflecting on some of my most prized moments as a Kelsey-Seybold specialist and Associate Medical Director of Specialty Services, I’m most proud of the cadre of professionals I helped recruit who are committed to high-quality, evidence-based medicine. As I retire, I see that my patients and the Clinic are in the very capable hands of my successors,” he says.
“Dr. Landon’s legacy lives in the ongoing development of Kelsey-Seybold’s Specialty Services. No one else has had this kind of pervasive impact on the specialty groups – recruiting, hiring, and mentoring nearly every department head currently serving,” said Benjamin Dillon, M.D., Associate Medical Director of Specialty Care, Associate Chief of Urology. “His leadership and mentorship have had a substantial positive impact on who I am as a doctor and a person.”
While Dr. Landon officially began his retirement on Friday, May 15, undoubtedly spending more time with his loving wife, Margaret, and his four accomplished children, he will continue to see a select number of patients on Fridays at the Spencer R. Berthelsen, M.D., Main Campus.
A small reception was held in his honor on Thursday, May 14 to celebrate and recognize his many accomplishments and to wish him well in his retirement.