Harry V. Sims

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Harry Vernon Sims Sr. (February 11, 1892 – October 26, 1962), was a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a president of the New Orleans Obstetrical and Gynecological Society who published numerous research articles on gynecology.

Dr. Sims was born in Terrebonne Parish in southern Louisiana to Robert Nicholls Sims Jr. and the former Nita Dalferes. He grew to adulthood in Donaldsonville, the seat of Ascension Parish near Baton Rouge. He was educated at the Bingham Military Institute in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1911, he received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received his medical degree in 1915 from Tulane University in New Orleans and served his internship at Charity Hospital there.

Dr.Sims entered the United States Navy the same month that the United States declared war on the Central Powers: April 1917. He served in France with the Second Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry.

He returned to civilian life in 1919 and opened his gynecological practice in New Orleans, where he also was on the staff of Charity Hospital, often called "Big Charity". He was named the president of the surgical division in 1935. He also served on the staffs of Baptist Hospital and Touro Infirmary in New Orleans. Dr.Sims was appointed professor of clinical gynecology on the original faculty of LSU Medical School and taught in New Orleans until 1938. He had become assistant surgeon in 1924 with New Orleans Public Service, Inc., and he was designated chief surgeon from 1951–1961.

He was a member of Nu Sigma Nu professional medical fraternity and Kappa Alpha Order undergrad fraternity.

Dr. Sims married the former Catherine Roger of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana on September 7, 1922. She was the daughter of Thomas H. Roger and the former Verna Knobloch. They had two sons, Harry V. Sims Jr., who was killed in action in World War II, and Gerald N. Sims.

Dr. Sims died in New Orleans and is buried in Metairie Cemetery. He was Catholic.


"Harry Vernon Sims", A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography, Vol. 2 (1988), p. 745