Deaconess Family Medicine Residency

Program History

A Brief History of Deaconess 

Founded in 1892 by a group of Protestant ministers and laymen, Deaconess is an acute care, teaching hospital, serving residents of Indiana, Southeastern Illinois and Western Kentucky. One of the largest hospitals in this region, Deaconess offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and diagnostic services.

Wallace M Adye Center 

Deaconess Family Medicine Residency
The Deaconess Family Medicine Residency Program was approved in 1975 by the Liaison Committee on Graduate Medical Education. Since 1976, the residency program has had continuous ACGME accreditation.

Dr. D.C. Buehner became the first program director in 1975 until his departure in 1978. Dr. Wallace M. Adye became the part-time program director in 1978, and then the full-time program director in 1985 upon moving his private practice to the Family Medicine Center. Dr. Kim Volz became the current Program Director upon Dr. Adye’s retirement in 1996.

In 1997, the residency program moved to the Wallace M. Adye Center located on Read Street.  The center was named to honor Dr. Wallace M. Adye and his devotion to graduate medical education in Evansville since the program’s inception in 1975.  The Wallace M. Adye Center moved to its current location on Columbia Street in 2015.

Dr. Wallace Adye 1928-2013

Dr William Adye
Dr. Adye graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1953.  He completed his internship at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, in 1954.  From 1954 to 1956 he served in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Captain as a Medical Officer. Subsequently he established his practice in Evansville. Dr Adye was a past Director-at-Large, past Vice Speaker, past Speaker, past Vice President, past President and past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Academy of Family Physicians. He was also past President of both the Deaconess Hospital Medical Staff and the Vanderburgh County Medical Society. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and he received the AAFP Achievement in Medicine Award for 42 years of dedication to Family Medicine.