Master of the Whipple Gave Hope, Extended Lives

Cheryl Alkon
Published: Sunday, Aug 19, 2018
John L. Cameron, MD

John L. Cameron, MD
In his exemplary practice of medicine, John L. Cameron, MD, lives by a few guiding principles.

story about Cameron’s 2000th procedure noted how deeply Cameron has influenced others. “A lot of surgeons do the operation well because [Cameron] trained them,” according to Julie A. Freischlag, MD, who succeeded Cameron as chair of Hopkins’ Department of Surgery and currently serves as chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and dean of the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

A Hopkins' Legacy

Cameron decided to specialize in performing the Whipple when, in 1984, he became chairman of the Department of Surgery and director of the Section of Surgical Sciences at Hopkins, where he had worked since attending the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He earned his medical degree in 1962, served his surgical residency from 1962 to 1970, and served as a clinical and research fellow for the next year. He also spent 2 years, from 1963 to 1965, as a research surgeon for the US Army at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
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