May 23, 2000
John L. Cameron, M.D., surgeon-in-chief of The Johns Hopkins Hospital and professor and director of the Department of Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was elected president of the American Surgical Association during the organization's recent annual meeting in Philadelphia.
The presidency "is the highest honor one can achieve in American surgery," says Carlos A. Pellegrini, M.D., association secretary and chairman of surgery for the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.
Cameron, who received his medical degree from Hopkins in 1962 and has been on staff ever since, was named to his dual posts in July 1984. He is known worldwide for his pioneering work in the field of gastrointestinal surgery, particularly his perfection of the Whipple procedure, most commonly used in pancreatic cancer patients. It removes the head of the pancreas, part of the small intestine and part of the bile ducts.