Marcelle M. Willock, MD

Professor Emerita, Anesthesiology

Marcelle Willock


Marcelle Willock is Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology at the Boston University School of Medicine. She is the first African-American woman to achieve this status at Boston University School of Medicine.

Serving as department chair from 1982-98, Dr. Willock was among the first women of color to lead an academic and clinical department in the United States.

Dr. Willock is an active member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists and one of the leaders of the Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology in Schaumburg, Ill., where she is featured in The John W. Pender Collection of the Living History of Anesthesiology, an honor bestowed to selected anesthesiologists for their outstanding contributions to the specialty.

While serving in the former Boston University Medical Center Hospital and Boston City Hospital (now Boston Medical Center), Dr. Willock had a number of noteworthy accomplishments, including accrediting the BUSM residency program and modernizing the administration of anesthetics from a professional and technological standpoint. She was responsible for standardizing guidelines related to patient safety and for the introduction of pulse oximetry, capnography and transesophageal echocardiography, among other innovations, into operating rooms. In the early 1980s, there still were dentists providing anesthesia care at Boston City Hospital. One of her most remarkable actions was to end this practice and to assure that only qualified physician anesthesiologists could provide anesthesia care following the care team model promulgated by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

She served on innumerable committees on the Medical Campus, was president of the Massachusetts Society of Anesthesiologists, president of the Society of Academic Chairs, and held a variety of leadership positions within the American Society of Anesthesiologists. She continues to serve as president of the Louis and Martha Deveaux Foundation, a charitable organization in the Republic of Panama.

Dr. Willock also has been a consultant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), a member of the Board of Directors for the Boston Police Athletic league, worked in the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in New York City and served as a trustee for the College of New Rochelle. After leaving BUSM, Dr. Willock became the first female Dean of Charles Drew University College of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, where she retired in 2005. An advocate for civil rights and diversity, she has collaborated with many programs addressing health care disparities and the fair treatment of minorities.


  • Howard University, MD
  • College of New Rochelle, BA


  • Published on 1/1/1998

    Sefton S, Willock M. Outcomes measurement in the operating room suite. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 1998; 36(1):79-84. PMID: 9604727.

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  • Published on 1/1/1998

    Willock M, Gabriel D. Miscellaneous operational issues in the operating room. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 1998; 36(1):65-77. PMID: 9604726.

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  • Published on 1/1/1998

    Willock M, Motley C. Financial and materiel management. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 1998; 36(1):41-57. PMID: 9604724.

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  • Published on 1/1/1998

    Ortega R, Willock M. Management concepts in the operating room suite. Int Anesthesiol Clin. 1998; 36(1):31-40. PMID: 9604723.

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  • Published on 10/1/1994

    Ortega R, Willock MM. When is ethnicity relevant in a case report? Anesthesiology. 1994 Oct; 81(4):1082. PMID: 7943822.

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  • Published on 1/1/1990

    Wilock MM. Post Anesthesia Care Unit Administration and Staffing. Anes Clin of N.A. 1990; 8:223-233.

  • Published on 10/1/1989

    Bourke DL, Silberberg MS, Ortega R, Willock MM. Respiratory responses associated with release of intraoperative tourniquets. Anesth Analg. 1989 Oct; 69(4):541-4. PMID: 2506777.

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  • Published on 1/1/1989

    Willock MM. Health Care Costs: Some Ignored Factors. Boston Bar Journal. 1989; 33(6):13-15.

  • Published on 4/1/1988

    Duong TT, Bourke DL, Willock MM. A modified setup for cardiac output determination in case of an inaccessible pulmonary artery catheter. J Cardiothorac Anesth. 1988 Apr; 2(2):269-70. PMID: 17171923.

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  • Published on 1/1/1988

    Willock MM, Havel RC. JAMA. Book Review of Schwenk TL, Whitman NA: The Physician as Teacher. 1988; 260(17).

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