Orlo & Carol Clark Distinguished Lecture in Endocrine Surgery

“Breakthrough to Brave”
Julie Freischlag, MD FRCS
Monday, May 7, 2018, 8:00 am—8:45 am

Dr. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5B. On July 1, 2017, Dr. Freischlag became the Interim Dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine.

For more than 15 years, she has led education and training programs at top medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Dr. Freischlag also has more than 30 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery at nationally ranked hospitals. She served as professor, chair of the surgery department and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. She led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program and enhance academic career paths for faculty.

Her national leadership includes serving as a former governor and secretary of the Board of Governors and a regent and past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is the past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation, and past president of the Association of VA Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Dr. Freischlag was the editor of JAMA Surgery for ten years (2005-2014) and is a member of the editorial boards of the Annals of Vascular Surgery, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, and British Journal of Surgery.

Dr. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards, an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015.

Historical Lecture

“William Stewart Halsted; Our Surgical Heritage (Also an Endocrine Surgeon!)”
John L. Cameron, MD
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 8:00 am—8:45 am

Dr. John L. Cameron is the is the Alfred Blalock Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has had a long and distinguished career in alimentary tract surgery 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.

He has been a leader in the surgical profession, serving as president of the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, the Southern Surgical Association, the Society of Clinical Surgery, the Society of Surgical Chairmen, the Halsted Society and the 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 1062. All of his training in General and Thoracic Surgery was obtained at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he has spent the entirety of his distinguished career in patient care and surgical training. He has trained more surgeons who have gone on to achieve leadership positions in American Surgery than any other chair in the country. He has been married to his wife Doris for fifty-seven years. They have four children, one is a school teacher and three work in the medical sciences.