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Posted By: Deb Barker (email)
Date: 11/8/2005 at 19:55:24

HOMER J GILFILLAN, JR, M D- A specialist in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the eye, ear, nose and throat, Dr Homer J Gilfillan, Jr., of Bloomfield, is known throughout Iowa and adjoining north central states. Member of a family long illustrious in Iowa and elsewhere in the nation as physicians and surgeons, he has made an independent contribution to health, welfare, and scientific knowledge. With 3 of his brothers, he is the operator of The Gilfillan Clinic in Bloomfield, a group medical unit attracting patients from many parts of the United States. Like his brothers, dr Gilfillan is a veteran of World War II. He is active in organizational work.
Born at Mount Pleasant on March 9, 1912, Dr Gilfillan is one of the 9 children, 6 sons and 3 daughters of the noted physician and surgeon, Dr Homer J Gilfillan, now retired nad residing in Bloomfield, and of Clara (Moon) Gilfillan. His father, who practiced in various communities of the state for 50 years, is the subject of a separate biography appearing in another portion of this Iowa History. Besides the brothers who are associated with him in the Gilfillan Clinic, Dr Homer Gilfillan, Jr has 2 other brothers in the medical profession: Dr Harold M Gilfillan, of San Francisco, and Dr Edwin O Gilfillan, of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan.
He was graduated from the Cantril High School in 1930, and then studied in the preprofessional and professional classes of the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1936. After a year’s internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, Dr Gilfillan served as resident physician in the departments of ophthalmology and otorhinolaryngology there. Later, he was head of the Quincy Clinic Department of ophthalmology in Quincy, Illinois, from 1940 to 1942. In the latter year he was commissioned an officer in the United States Army Medical Corps, with which he served in Africa, Sicily, and Italy. At the time of his separation from the service, after the Japanese surrender in 1945, he was holding the rank of captain.
He then returned to his post with the Quincy Clinic. In 1946,, he returned to his native Iowa to join his brothers, Dr George W Gilfillan, surgeon; Dr Clarence D N Gilfillan, surgeon; and Dr Earl E Gilfillan, internist, in founding the Gilfillan Clinic at Bloomfield. The brothers have, in the few years since founding that institution, made it one of the best known group medical centers in the Middle West. Dr Homer J Gilfillan, Jr who has had postgraduate work in his field of specialization, eye, ear, nose and throat, in Boston, is on the staffs of the Ottumwa Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Davis County Medical Society, the Iowa State Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and the Bloomfield Country Club. He is a Republican and Methodist, and his favorite sport is hunting.
Dr Homer J Gilfillan, Jr., married Grace Norris of Cantril, the daughter of Clyde and Martha (McClain) Norris, and they are the parents of one son, Norris Gilfillan, born in 1931, who, in 1949, was a premedical student at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.


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