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John Jones Surgical Society

John Jones Surgical Society

For those who have trained with us over the years, an organization was formed called the John Jones Surgical Society, after the author of the first surgical textbook in the colonies and our first Professor of Surgery. John Jones was one of the five people who petitioned the governors of Kings College, as it was called at that time, and received a charter from King George III to establish the medical college. Our hope is to establish and maintain two-way communications with some 900 Alumni so that they are aware of what we're doing, and we can share in news of their accomplishments and activities, thus preserving the history of the Department of Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian. Through our e-newsletter and this web page we keep our members updated and maintain communication.

Officers and Committees

Since its inception the John Jones Surgical Society has been guided by a Steering Committee, with the support of the Department of Surgery Chair. A "Constitution and By-Laws" was drawn up and is continually refined as the Society matures. Click on the "By-Laws" link to view the Constitution. In 2007, the position of officers was formalized with Kenneth A. Forde, MD, co-founder of the Society, becoming its first President. Click on the "Officers and Committees" link for past and current committee members.


John Jones Surgical Society

Each year, the John Jones Surgical Society holds a reception at the American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. This is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with friends and share the latest news. In addition, a John Jones Surgical Society Spring Meeting is held annually at Columbia University Medical Center, New York. Due to advancing technology, email has become the preferred mode of communication with telephone contact a close second. Invitations are emailed to all current members for both events and registration is done on-line. Click on the "Events" link for more information. We look forward to celebrating our growth and success at both meetings.

Alumni wanting to take a more active role in planning these meetings or in the running of the Society are welcome to address an email to our President, José G. Guillem, MD c/o Trisha or call 212.305.2735 between 8am – 4am (EST).

Updating Our Files

As alumni advance in their careers, take on new roles, change cities or move overseas, the Society attempts to keep their information current through its database. As part of that process, we are inviting members to provide us with their current information via an on-line questionnaire. To activate the questionnaire, click on the "Alumni Questionnaire" link.

Re-connecting with Missing Alumni

Our missing alumni list contains many alumni whom we have lost contact. If you have any information on the whereabouts of missing members, let us know by contacting the Administrator: "Trisha J. Hargaden" or call 212.305.2735 between 8am – 4am (EST).

A Proud Heritage: An Informal History of Surgery at Columbia

Proud Heritage Chronicles History of Surgery at Columbia University

A Proud Heritage: An Informal History of Surgery at Columbia edited by Frederic P. Herter, MD, Alfred Jaretzki III, MD, and Kenneth A. Forde, MD., captures the personal dedication, intellectual excitement, and intrinsic joy of Columbia surgeons through the ages, and offers an insider's look at a surgeon's life.

  • Copies of the book are available on a donation basis.
  • Donations will be directed to support the John Jones Research Fellowship Fund in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University. This fund supports the research activities of a General Surgery resident selected on a competitive basis.
  • The successful candidate receives the title the John Jones Fellow and presents the outcome of his/her research at the annual spring meeting of the Society.
  • To obtain a copy of the history book, contact the Administrator of the Society Trisha J. Hargaden via email or call 212.305.2735 between 8am - 4pm (EST)
  • If you would like to contribute to the fund, make your check payable to Columbia University Department of Surgery, with John Jones Research Fellowship noted on the memo line and mail to:

    John Jones Surgical Society
    Attn: Trisha J. Hargaden
    Columbia University Department of Surgery
    Finance Office
    21 Audubon Avenue, 2nd Floor
    New York, NY 10032
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