John W. Hammon Jr., MD

John Hammon

Title: Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Company: Wake Forest Health
Location: Lewisville, North Carolina, United States

John W. Hammon Jr., MD, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at Wake Forest Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in cardiovascular medicine and higher education.

A professor emeritus of surgery at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University since 2009, Dr. Hammon has more than 30 years of professional excellence in his areas of expertise. Prior to his retirement, he was a professor of surgery from 1995 to 2009, a Howard Holt Bradshaw Professor and chair of the Bowman Gray School of Medicine from 1991 to 1995, a professor in the department of cardiac and thoracic surgery at Vanderbilt University from 1989 to 1991, and chief of cardiac and thoracic surgery at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Nashville, TN, from 1987 to 1991. Previously, Dr. Hammon served as an assistant and associate professor of surgery at Vanderbilt Hospital from 1978 to 1989, as well as a teaching scholar of cardiac surgery at Duke University Medical Center from 1977 to 1978.

Alongside his primary appointments, Dr. Hammon has been a member of the cardiac devices panel with the Federal Drug Administration since 2009. In the past, he was president of the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association in 2008 and a principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health Grants from 1979 to 2008. In addition, Dr. Hammon has maintained affiliation with several industry-related organizations, including as a historian for the Winston-Salem Surgical Association since 2013, a member of the standards and ethics committee for the Society of Thoracic Surgeons since 2008, and a member of the scientific and governmental affairs committee and the scientific affairs and governmental relations committee for the American Association for Thoracic Surgery since 2007.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Hammon pursued an education at Drury College, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1964. He followed this accomplishment with a Doctor of Medicine from the School of Medicine at Tulane University in 1968. Subsequently, he completed an internship at the Duke University Medical Center from 1968 to 1969 and residency at the same facility from 1969 to 1970. Dr. Hammon enlisted in the military, simultaneously serving the U.S. Naval Hospital as a lieutenant commander and Duke University Medical Center as a resident in general and thoracic surgery from 1970 to 1977.

Dr. Hammon has also served the medical community as a prolific editor, acting as an editorial board member of several medical journals, including the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, the Journal of Cardiac Surgery, the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Cardiac Chronicle, and the Journal of Surgical Research. In recognition of his exceptional contributions to medicine and higher education, he was twice presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award from Drury College, in 1989 and 2001. In addition, he was honored with the President’s Award for Best Scientific Paper from the Southern Thoracic Surgical Association in 1985, as well as a scholarship from the National Institutes of Health during his residency in 1974.

Married to Mary Lisa Hammon with three children and two grandchildren, Dr. Hammon enjoys playing golf, fishing, and flying planes in his spare time. Notably, he has been included in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest. Looking toward the future, he hopes to continue researching and mentoring both students and residents alike.

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