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John L Cameron, M.D.

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Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery

Professor of Surgery


Expertise: Distal Pancreatectomy, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Laparoscopic Whipple Procedure, Pancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Surgery, Pancreatic Tumors, Thoracic Surgery, Whipple Procedure more

Research Interests: Pancreatic cancer

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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)


1800 Orleans St. Sheikh Zayed Tower Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Fax: 443-769-1276

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center


601 N. Caroline St. Baltimore, MD 21287 map

Phone: 410-955-5166 | Fax: 443-769-1276


Dr. Cameron has had a long and distinguished career in alimentary tract diseases and specifically in pancreatic cancer. He has won worldwide acclaim for mastering the Whipple procedure. At the beginning of his career, the mortality rate from the Whipple procedure was nearly 30 percent. He has worked to lower that to 1 percent to 2 percent at Johns Hopkins. He has operated on more patients with pancreatic cancer and done more Whipple resections than any other surgeon in the world. In addition to maintaining a busy practice that focuses mainly on pancreatic surgery, he has been a leader in the surgical profession, serving as president of the American College of Surgeons, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Southern Surgical Association, Society of Clinical Surgery, Society of Surgical Chairmen, Halsted Society and American Surgical Association. He served as chief of surgery for The Johns Hopkins Hospital for nineteen years.

Dr. Cameron obtained his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1958, and his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1962. All of his training in General and Thoracic Surgery was obtained at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. more


  • Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1962)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Surgery (1970)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1971)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery / Surgery (1970)
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery / Thoracic Surgery (1971)

Videos & Media

The Whipple Procedure Animation - Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins Surgical Oncologists Get Personal

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