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John L. Cameron Division of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery

A Gift Opportunity Presented by the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine

Mission: To be on the cutting edge of surgical care, alleviate suffering and improve the lives of individuals with pancreatic, liver, gallbladder, and bile duct disorders.

Vision: To care for patients as part of a team, never be satisfied with the current standard, and to develop newer and better surgical strategies.

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One of the things I am most proud of over the course of my career at Johns Hopkins is the advances we have made here in the surgical treatment of pancreatic cancer. A surgical division focused on pancreatic and hepatobiliary procedures will give our patients the best possible experience. I trained the surgeons leading the effort and know they will carry on the legacy of focus on improving patient outcomes. Philanthropic support is necessary to accomplish this reality. I hope you will consider making a gift.

- John Cameron, M.D.

Background

As recently as the 1970s, one in every four patients with pancreatic cancer died during or after undergoing a Whipple procedure to remove their tumor. Thanks to the dedicated efforts to perfect the procedure by pancreatic surgeon John Cameron, M.D., today the mortality rate for the Whipple is less than 2 percent at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Over the course of his legendary career, Cameron has performed more Whipples than any surgeon in the world, made significant contributions to understanding the pathophysiology and management of benign and malignant pancreatic diseases, and trained a team of pancreatic surgeons at Johns Hopkins Medicine to carry on his legacy.

Cameron made the momentous decision to perform his final Whipple operation on Sept. 29, 2016 — his 80th birthday. Fortunately, he is not retiring and will continue running his clinics, seeing old and new patients, attending conferences and carrying out clinical research. He will also serve as an adviser to his colleagues.

Case for Support

Johns Hopkins performs more pancreas cancer surgeries than any other institution in the country. Last year, we performed 349 Whipples and just over 500 pancreatic resections. Our team of experienced surgeons also includes the most experienced nurses and experts in gastroenterology, pathology, radiology, cancer genetics, and social work to provide the best and most complete care to our patients.

As a result of our team’s success growing the program, the Department of Surgery has recognized the need to create a new functional division within the department to house our surgical specialists in pancreas, liver, gallbladder, and bile duct surgery. To honor Cameron’s extensive contributions to the treatment of pancreatic diseases and recognize his tradition of excellence and leadership, the department seeks to name this new division the John L. Cameron, M.D. Division of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery.

Dr. John Cameron and Dr. Christopher Wolfgang Dr. Christopher Wolfgang and Dr. John Cameron

Built around our team of globally recognized surgeons and home to the highly prominent and busiest group of pancreatic surgeons in the United States, the division will be led by Christopher Wolfgang, M.D., Ph.D., who as director of hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery at Johns Hopkins, will be named chief of the new Cameron Division. Other members of the division will include John Cameron, former director of the Department of Surgery (19842003) and faculty members who lead in all aspects of pancreatic disease, including tumor biology, minimally invasive pancreatectomy, and vascular resections.  

Opportunity

The Department of Surgery is seeking to raise $7 million to name the Division of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery in Cameron’s honor. Endowed gifts to support the John L. Cameron, M.D. Division of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery will support the division’s research initiatives, fellows, and other division staff members, including a nurse navigator and nurse outreach coordinator.

Donors giving $500,000 or more will have the opportunity to be recognized as members of the John L. Cameron Division Founders Circle.  Donors giving $1 million or more will have the opportunity to join the John L. Cameron Division Founders Circle and create a named award within the division.

Contact Information

For more information about supporting the John L. Cameron Division of Pancreatic and Hepatobiliary Surgery, please contact:

Merissa Courtright
Director of Development
Department of Surgery
550 N. Broadway, Suite 725
Baltimore, MD 21205
443-287-7957
mcourtright@jhmi.edu