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Philadelphia Academy of Surgery

Jonathan E. Rhoads, M.D.


An Annual Oration has been a part of the scientific transactions of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery since its inception. The orator, appointed by the President, is a Fellow of the Academy. Samuel D. Gross, the first President of the Academy, asked John B. Roberts to give the first Oration, but Dr. Roberts insisted that Dr. Gross himself should have the honor. Dr. Gross gave the First Annual Oration, entitled “John Hunter and his Pupils”, on January 7, 1881. The Oration is usually given at the December meeting of the Academy and is traditionally presented without formal discussion. In the 1980’s, the Oration was named the Jonathan E. Rhoads Annual Oration, in honor of one of the most illustrious and faithful Fellows of the Academy, Jonathan E. Rhoads (1907-2002). Subsequent to this honor, Dr. Rhoads and his family initiated an endowment that enables surgical residents to attend the program during the evening of the Oration. A consistent presence at the meetings of the Academy well past his retirement, Dr. Rhoads attended the Oration in December, 2001, the last meeting before his death at age 94.




Fellows Who Have Delivered the Annual Oration
2018 - Amy J. Goldberg: "Scoop and Run:  It’s not the Time that Matters"
2017 - Jeffrey P. Carpenter: "The Surgeon Innovator”

2016 - Jeffrey A. Drebin: “The Surgeon as Translational Researcher"
2015 - Charles J. Yeo: "Thomas Eakins’ Masterpiece: The Gross Clinic - A lecture about the founder of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery, and the sale that shook the American art world"
2014 - Douglas L. Fraker: "Surgical Management of Adrenal Causes of Hypertension: Pheochromocytoma and Aldosteronoma”
2013 - Timothy J. Gardner:“American Surgery: Illustrious Past, Unsettled Future”
2012 - Linton A. Whitaker: Terroir and the Cultivation of Quality”
2011 - Thomas G. Frazier: “Breast Cancer: The Past, the Present and the Future!”


2010 - James B. McClurken: “Evolution of Cardiac Surgery in Philadelphia: From ‘Firsts’ to Care Improvements via Collaboration”
2009 - Paul J. DiMuzio: "A Tissue-engineered Stem Cell Vascular Graft"
2008 - Herbert E. Cohn: "On Mentoring"
2007 - John R. Clarke: "Leading Ourselves Out of the Chaos of the Current Healthcare Crisis"
2006 - Richard Bell
2005 - James Mullen
2004 - Daniel T. Dempsey: "Quality Enhancement and Safety Improvement in Surgery in the Current Era"
2003 - Stephen P. Dunn: "Pediatric Transplantation"
2002 - Larry R. Kaiser: "Thoracic Surgery for a Neurologic Disease"
2001 - Michael Acker


2000 - Stanley Trooskin
1999 - Ali Naji: "Transplantation: Art and Science of Surgery"
1998 - Ed Doolin
1997 - John L. Rombeau
1996 - Stuart Myers
1994 - Ward O. Griffin, Jr.
1993 - Anthony J. Comerota
1992 - James L. Weese
1991 - John M. Daly
1990 - Dominick A. DeLaurentis


1989 - Wallace P. Ritchie, Jr.
1988 - Rudolph C. Camishion
1987 - Robert D. Harwick
1986 - Bruce E. Jarrell
1985 - Francis E. Rosato
1984 - Simon Simonian
1983 - Jack Kolff
1982 - Michael O’Connor
1981 - Moreye Nusbaum
1980 - Clyde Barker: “The Role of Immunology and Pancreatic Transplantation in Diabetes”


1979 - Frederick B. Wagner, Jr.: "The Founding Fathers & Centennial History of the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery"
1978 - David Wagner: "Necrotizing Neonatal Enterocolitis"
1976 - Leonard Goldman: "Malignant Melanoma – A Therapeutic Approach Related to Biologic Behavior"
1975 - Charles Fineberg
1974 - Joseph W. Stayman
1973 - Lloyd W. Stevens
1972 - James G. Bassett
1971 - William T. Fitts, Jr.
1970 - Brooke Roberts


1969 - H. L. Stahlgren
1968 - R. Robert Tyson
1967 - Thomas F. Nealon, Jr.
1966 - Kenneth E. Fry
1965 - C. Everett Koop
1964 - Henry P. Royster
1963 - Edwin W. Shearburn
1962 - John Y. Templeton, III
1961 - Donald R. Cooper
1960 - H. Taylor Caswell


1959 - James R. Jaeger
1958 - Orville C. King
1957 - Irvin E. Deibert
1956 - George Willauer
1955 - William H. Erb
1954 - George Rosemond
1953 - Julian Johnson
1952 - Herbert R. Hawthorne: "Problems in the Management of Massive Bleeding from the Gastro-Intestinal Tract"
1951 - J. Montgomery Deaver: "Acute Appendicitis in Children"
1950 - W. Emory Burnett


1949 - Francis C. Grant
1948 - Jonathan E. Rhoads
1947 - L. Kraeer Ferguson
1946 - John H. Gibbon, Jr.
1945 - Adolph A. Walkling
1944 - Calvin M. Smyth
1943 - Frederick A. Bothe
1942 - S. Dana Weeder
1941 - William Bates
1940 - Francis C. Grant


1939 - John B. Flick
1938 - Isidor S. Ravdin
1937 - Henry P. Brown, Jr.
1936 - Alexander Randall
1935 - A. Bruce Gill
1934 - DeForest P. Willard: Relationship of the Parathyroid Gland To Calcium Metabolism"
1933 - George M. Dorrance: "Ligation of the Great Vessels of the Neck"
1932 - Eldridge L. Eliason: "Surgery of Diabetic Gangrene"
1931 - Hubley R. Owen
1930 - J. Stewart Rodman

1929 - Edward T. Crosson
1928 - Edward J. Klopp: "Surgery in Breast Tumors; Problems Concerning Diagnosis and Treatment"
1927 - Emory G. Alexander: "Suppurative Pericarditis from the Surgical Viewpoint"
1926 - Damon B. Pfeiffer: "The Principles Underlying the Surgery of Carcinoma of the Rectum"
1925 - John Speese: "The Surgical Aspect of Blood Dyscrasias Associated with Splenomegaly" 1924 - Robert H. Ivy: "Swellings of the Submaxillary Region"
1923 - Walter Estell Lee: "Post-Operative Pulmonary Complications"
1922 - George P. Muller: "Surgical Relations of the Sympathetic Nervous System"
1921 - J. Torrance Rugh: "The Surgery of Infantile Paralysis"
1920 - John G. Clark: "The Relative Values of Radium and Surgery in the Treatment of Tumors of the
Pelvic Organs"


1919 - None
1918 - None
1917 - Joshua Edwin Sweet: "Surgical Experience and Surgical Knowledge"
1916 - Edward B. Hodge
1915 - Frances T. Stewart: “The Operative Treatment of Arterial Thrombosis and Embolism”
1914 - Alfred C. Wood
1913 - William L. Rodman: “Cancer and Precancerous Conditions”
1912 - George G. Ross: “The Art of Surgery”
1911 - John H. Jopson: "Recent Advances in Pulmonary Surgery" 1910 - Astley P. C. Ashurst


1909 - John H. Gibbon
1908 - Charles H. Frazier
1907 - Edward Martin
1906 - Richard H. Harte
1905 - J. Chalmers DaCosta
1904 - G. G. Davis
1903 - R. G. LeConte
1902 - Joseph M. Spellissy: "Abscesses in the Right Iliac Region, and other Lesions not of Gynecologic or Appendiceal Origin Mistaken for Appendicitis"
1901 - H. R. Wharton
1900 - None


1899 - William J. Taylor
1898 - O. H. Allis
1897 - Thomas R. Neilson
1896 - James M. Barton
1895 - John B. Deaver
1894 - W. B. Hopkins
1893 - C. W. Dulles
1892 - Thomas G. Morton: “Progress in Surgery in 1891"
1891 - William G. Porter
1890 - DeForest P. Willard


1889 - John B. Roberts
1888 - Charles B. Nancrede: "Recent Advances in the Surgery of the Brain and Its Coverings "
1887 - J. Ewing Mears
1886 - R. J. Lewis
1885 - John H. Packard
1884 - John H. Brinton
1883 - William Hunt
1882 - D. Hayes Agnew
1881 - S. D. Gross

 

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