Terry Buchmiller Crair

Terry Buchmiller Crair, assistant professor of surgery at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, with a specialty in pediatric surgery, is also an accomplished violinist. Crair graduated from Pacific Union College in 1984 as music/pre-med major. While a student, she studied violin with LeRoy Peterson, performed in the college orchestra, and worked as a teacher's assistant for James McGee, professor in theory and composition.

After graduating from PUC, she received her M.D. from the University of California at Davis, graduating as class valedictorian. She then trained in general surgery at the UCLA Medical Center, serving as the Administrative Chief Surgical Resident. Following two years in pediatric fetal surgery she presented her work at over twenty national meetings and received a research award from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In 1997 she completed her pediatric surgical fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital as the first woman graduate. She then served as assistant professor of surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine before returning to the East coast in 2000. She is board certified in both general and pediatric surgery.

In the years since graduation, as she has continued her studies and residencies, she has played her violin. Although she has lived in many places since she left PUC, she has continued to play in community orchestras whenever possible.


Sources: Lainey S. Cronk, "Terry Buchmiller Crair: From Surgery to Symphony," Pacific Union College alumni magazine Viewpoint, Winter 2005, 14; Online Sources..