Overview of His Career Ammar A. Javed, MD, y Matthew J. Weiss, MD, yz and Christopher L. Wolfgang, MD, PhD yz§ Cameron trained over 100 surgical residents and fellows. He focused Introduction to the John Cameron Festschrift. on training the residents to become surgical leaders by navigating their careers based on their interests. He made sure that each trainee Keywords: John L. Cameron, Johns Hopkins, pancreatic surgery, surgery, had a unique career pathway and as a result, these graduates became Whipple procedure experts in various surgical subspecialties. They subsequently went on (Ann Surg 2018;267:S2) to practice at over 60 institutions across the United States and progressed to the ranks of deans, department chairs, and division chiefs. It is estimated that these graduates, to date, have trained over 1000 surgeons and have published over 7000 scientific manuscripts. His leadership extended beyond his home institution and he shaped surgery on a national level through his activities in surgical organizations. He served as the president of the American College of Surgeons (2009–2010), the Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (1991–1992), Society of Clinical Surgery (1990–1991), Bal- timore Academy of Surgery (1985–1986), Society of Surgical Chairs (1994–1996), the Southern Surgical Association (1995–1996), the Halsted Society (1997–1998), and the American Surgical Associa- 2–5 tion (2000–2001). Cameron had a profound impact on the development of the field of pancreatic surgery; in particular, refining the pancreatico- duodenctomy to make it a safe procedure. Concurrently, he trained an entire generation of surgeons in hepato-panctreao-biliary surgery. He is credited with having performed the highest number of pan- createctomies in the world, having performed approximately 2400 John L. Cameron pancreaticoduodenctomy and 1500 distal pancreatectomies. Cameron has authored over 500 scientific papers, 100 book chapters, and 26 books focusing on gastrointestinal diseases, in ohn L. Cameron, having made fundamental contributions to particular, those of the pancreas, liver, and biliary tract. He is also J academic surgery in terms of clinical excellence, scientific dis- a member of the editorial boards of over 10 peer-reviewed indexed covery, leadership, and mentorship, has earned the recognition of journals including the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Journal of being one of the most remarkable surgeons of modern American Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery, Surgery, and the American Sur- Surgery. His contributions place him in a position next to William geon. Perhaps his single most impactful publicaton is Current Stewart Halsted in the surgical ‘‘Hall of Fame.’’ His illustrious career Surgical Therapy for which he has been the editor for 33 years. spans nearly 5 decades, during which he made innumerable contri- Since 1984, when the first edition of the book was published, it has butions to the field of surgery, significantly reshaping medicine. been revised 11 times and has sold over 100,000 copies. The twelfth Dr. Cameron was appointed the Chairman of Surgery and edition now includes contributions from over 500 experts in the field Surgeon-in-Chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984, a position of surgery. It remains a prominent textbook on surgery, which is he would assume for 19 years. After stepping down in 2003, he has published in 5 languages and is used by students, residents, and remained on staff until the current time. As a department chair, he led fellows worldwide. by example, set the bar high, demanded excellence, and always had high expectations. He had unparalleled intuition in recognizing talent REFERENCES which resulted in him recruiting and retaining some of the best 1. Cerullo M, Lipsett PA. Assessing the magnitude of a surgical career through his surgeons in the country at Johns Hopkins. As the Surgeon-in-Chief, trainees: The John L. Cameron Legacy Factor. Ann Surg. 2017;265:866–868. 2. Cameron JL. Early contributions to the Johns Hopkins hospital by the ‘‘other’’ surgeon: John Shaw Billings. Ann Surg. 2001;234:267–278. From the Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; 3. Cameron JL. John Miller Turpin Finney: the first president of the American yThe John L. Cameron Division of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, The College of Surgeons. J Am Coll Surg. 2009;208:327–332. Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; zDepartment of Oncology, The Johns 4. Cameron JL. 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