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Johns Hopkins Surgical Leader Elected to Head American College of Surgeons - 10/07/2008

Johns Hopkins Surgical Leader Elected to Head American College of Surgeons

Release Date: October 7, 2008
John L. Cameron, M.D.
John L. Cameron, M.D.

John L. Cameron, M.D., Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and for 19 years chief of surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, will be installed as the 89th president of the American College of Surgeons on Oct. 12 during its annual meeting in San Francisco.

An internationally renowned leader in surgical practice, research and professional development, Cameron is perhaps most identified with his meticulous development and mastery of the Whipple procedure, a complex operation performed on pancreatic cancer patients. He is believed to have operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and done more Whipple resections than any other surgeon in the world.

His research interests have included randomized clinical trials and clinical outcomes in pancreas surgery as well as basic laboratory research of pancreatic diseases, for which he has received grant support from the National Institutes of Health.

The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational organization with more than 73,000 members, the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

Cameron received a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard University and his medical degree from Johns Hopkins. He has been associated with his medical alma mater nonstop but for two years in which he served in the United States Army as a research surgeon at the Department of Surgical Metabolism at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

He is a former president of the American Surgical Association, the Halsted Society (named for the first surgeon in chief at The Johns Hopkins Hospital at its founding in 1889), the Southern Surgical Association, the Society of Surgical Chairs and numerous others.

The author of several internationally recognized surgical textbooks, he has published 384 clinical and research articles in various leading medical journals and served on the editorial boards of leading journals in his field.

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