Dr. Bill Pratt

"We Get Old Too Fast and Smart Too Slow"

When young, William B Pratt had the very good fortune to grow up in a period of the American experience when people worked together for the common good. His parents were of the generation that had lived through World War I, the excesses of Prohibition, the financial crash of 1929, the Great Depression and World War II. By 1945, when Bill Pratt was 10 years old, Americans were working together to rebuild our nation. For a young white male, times were good. Education was available, jobs were available, wages were better. Later, the civil rights and women's rights movements achieved more wide spread prosperity. It was a society with an emphasis on personal responsibility and community responsibility. It was different from the current culture of social and economic insecurity.

Some political policy decisions have moved us from a time of more personal responsibility and community responsibility to the present political culture of greed, "haves and have nots" and increasing economic disparity.

We can do better.

Time Line

  • Born 1935 in Camden NJ;
  • Public schools in Haddonfield, NJ 1941-1953;
  • BA Wesleyan University, Connecticut 1953-1957;
  • MD Jefferson Medical College Philadelphia, PA 1957-1961;
  • Internship Camden NJ; 1961-1962
  • Surgery Residency, Hawaii 1962-1963;
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Reading and Philadelphia PA 1063-1966;
  • Commissioned Officer, US Public Health Service, Gallup NM 1966-1968;
  • Private Practice, W. Reading PA 1968-1976;
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, UNM School of Medicine and Albuquerque VA Medical Center 1976-1985;
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon Alaska Native Medical Center, Anchorage, Alaska 1985-1987;
  • Orthopaedic Surgeon, Gallup Indian Medical Center 1987-1997;
  • "Locum tenens" orthopaedic surgeon in NM, Alaska, North Dakota and elsewhere 1997-2005;
  • Volunteer physician, Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, 2007 to 2013.

Memberships and Interests:

  • American Medical Association
  • New Mexico Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • New Mexico Orthopaedic Association
  • New Mexico Public Health Association
  • American Civil Liberties Union
  • Common Cause
  • New Mexico Health Equity Working Group
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Move To Amend
  • Albuquerque Center For Peace And Justice
  • Albuquerque Chapter - United Nations Association
  • Audubon Society
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Amnesty International
  • Health Security For New Mexicans Campaign
  • New Mexico Wilderness Society
  • Health Volunteers Overseas
  • Catholic Relief Services