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P&S Journal: Fall 1997, Vol.17, No.3
Tribute to a Pediatric Surgeon

A luncheon that followed honored John N. Schullinger'55, professor of clinical surgery, for his decades of care and pioneering achievements in pediatric surgery. Dean Herbert Pardes led the roster of colleagues who paid tribute and set the tone: "I can't think of a finer model of an outstanding and caring academic doctor than John Schullinger."

Dr. John M. Driscoll Jr., the Carpentier Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics and head of Babies and Children's Hospital, saluted his longtime friend as "a surgeon's surgeon, a colleague's colleague, and a physician's physician," recalling how "so many of us trusted you with our most precious asset, our children, and you never let us down." Peter R. Altman, the Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor of Surgery (a chair named for the late father of the honoree), who also holds the title of surgeon-in-chief of Babies and Children's Hospital, recounted how John Schullinger and his surgical mentor Dr. John Santulli together helped shape pediatric surgery as an academic discipline, training generations of young surgeons to follow in their footsteps and develop the field to what it is today.

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Dr. Charles Stolar, professor of surgery, capped off the tributes. "You've never been a health care provider," he said. "You've always been a doctor." Citing the time Dr. Schullinger was called in to confer in the case of an acutely ill little boy, Dr. Stolar recalled how he "did what a doctor does, he went up and held this boy's hand and talked to him before doing anything else. This is what the care of children is all about."

After lunch, Dr. Garrett M. Brodeaur, professor of pediatrics and director of oncology research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, delivered the first John N. Schullinger Lecture in Childhood Cancer. His subject was "Neuroblastoma--from the Bench to the Bedside."

Other speakers in the afternoon were Dr. Alison Estabrook, associate professor of surgery and chief of the breast service, and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, Irving Assistant Professor of Surgery and co-director of the complementary medicine program.

A dinner in the Faculty Club preceded the Bard Hall Players' lively performance of the British comedy, "Noises Off," in the Alumni Auditorium.

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