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John W. Hammon Jr., MD, Recognized for Excellence in Medicine

Dr. Hammon was recognized for his achievements with a 50 Year Lifetime Achievement Award from the School of Medicine at Tulane University in 2018

LEWISVILLE, NC, January 29, 2019, John W. Hammon Jr., MD, is a distinguished biographee of Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are chosen from among a pool of the most prominent professionals and are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

With over 40 years of professional excellence to his credit, Dr. Hammon current holds the title of professor emeritus of surgery with the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. Retiring from academia in 2009, he first joined the university as a Howard Holt Bradshaw professor and chair of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, then known as the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, in 1991. Following these appointments, Dr. Hammon served as a professor of surgery at the Wake Forest School of Medicine from 1995 to 2009.

Prior to his tenure with Wake Forest University, Dr. Hammon spent over a decade with Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, working his way up from assistant professor to professor of the department of cardiac and thoracic surgery between 1978 and 1991. During this time, he was also the chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the Nashville VA Medical Center from 1987 to 1991. Earlier in his career, Dr. Hammon worked as a teaching scholar of cardiac surgery at the Duke University Medical Center from 1977 to 1978.

Interested in pursuing a career in medicine due to his father’s work as a podiatrist, Dr. Hammon was further inspired in his professional path when he had the chance to work with Dr. James Horton, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, during his undergraduate years. Beginning his studies at Drury University, he received a Bachelor of Arts in 1964 before continuing his academic efforts at the School of Medicine of Tulane University, where he earned a Doctor of Medicine in 1968. Following these accomplishments, Dr. Hammon completed an internship and two residencies at the Duke University Medical Center between 1968 and 1977.

Licensed to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina, Dr. Hammon is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. He has also contributed his skills to a number of other professional endeavors alongside his primary career. Currently, he serves on the cardiac devices panel of the United States Federal Drug Administration and was previously the president of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and the principal investigator of grants for the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Dr. Hammon has been involved on the editorial boards of a number of professional journals, including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, where he has been active since 2006.

To remain abreast of developments in his field, Dr. Hammon has maintained affiliation with multiple professional organizations, including the Winston-Salem Surgical Association, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the American Association for Thoracic Surgery. He also holds membership with the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, the North Carolina Surgical Associates, the American College of Surgeons and Omicron Delta Kappa. Dr. Hammon has regularly donated his time to these organizations in leadership roles.

For excellence in his career, Dr. Hammon was most recently presented a 50 Year Lifetime Achievement Award from the School of Medicine at Tulane University in 2018. Recognized by his alma mater, Drury University, as well, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989 and 2001. Earlier in his career, he received the President’s Award for Best Scientific Paper from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association and a scholarship from the National Institutes of Health in 1974. In light of all his accomplishments, Dr. Hammon was honored with an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017.