Dr. Lawrence Devoe became involved in his profession because his grandfather, Louis Daniel Smith, whom he was named after, was a physician. Serving as an important role model, Dr. Devoe knew at the age of five he wanted to follow in his footsteps with a career in medicine. His original goal was to be a general surgeon, but an opportunity as chair of the OB/GYN department presented itself in his career and persuaded him to pursue that clinical practice. He retired in 2020.
To fulfill his career pursuits, Dr. Devoe first earned a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology at Harvard University in 1966. He continued his studies at the University of Chicago, receiving an MD in 1970. He spent the next year as an intern with the institution and then garnered additional experience as a resident. From 1971 to 1973, he served as a captain in the US Army Medical Corps. From 1976 to 1983, Dr. Devoe leveraged his skills and expertise as an assistant professor in obstetrics and gynecology. During that position, he was admitted to a fellowship with the University of Chicago in 1979. In 1983, he transitioned to the Medical College of Georgia, first teaching as an associate professor before becoming the Director of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. He held the director role from 1984 to 2005. During this period, he began as a professor in obstetrics and gynecology in 1989 at the Medical College of Georgia, and remained in this position until 2010. Furthermore, he served as the OB/GYN chair from 1996 to 2006. From 1983 to 2020, he served as a consultant in obstetrics with the Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center.
The highlight of Dr. Devoe’s career was his ability to help people and to secure good outcomes for people. At the end of the day, serving his patients was the most important part of his job and he feels confident that he gave every one of his patients the highest level of professionalism and medical care.