Established in 2002 through the generous commitment of Fred and Sandra Hittman and their family, and other caring donors in honor of John L. Cameron, M.D.

JOHN L. CAMERON, Med 1962, the Alfred Blalock Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Service Professor, and the first William Stewart Halsted Professor of Surgery, stepped down in 2003 as surgeon-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Surgery. He has made many contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology and management of benign and malignant pancreatic diseases. Most often associated with the Whipple procedure, a complex operation used to treat a variety of pancreatic diseases including pancreatic cancer, he has performed more of these operations than any other surgeon in the world. Except for two years at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Dr. Cameron has spent his entire medical career at Johns Hopkins. He has published over 300 articles, over 90 book chapters, and is the editor of nine books. He is on the editorial board of several journals, is co-editor of the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery and is editor of Advances in Surgery. Dr. Cameron remains active as a clinical surgeon, as a teacher, and an investigator.


FRED HITTMAN, who died in 2002, was a pioneer in the implantable medical device industry. He developed the concept of hermetic feedthrough, making it possible to seal pacemakers into a titanium case, providing immunity from invasion by body fluids. Every pacemaker, defibrillator, neurostimulator, and implantable hearing device in the world uses this sealing concept today. SANDRA HITTMAN attended the Peabody Institute and served on its faculty. She continues her strong involvement with the university as a member of the Peabody Advisory Council.


TIMOTHY M. PAWLIK, SPH ’12 (PhD), the John L. Cameron, M.D., Professor of Alimentary Tract Diseases, received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Pawlik completed surgical training at the University of Michigan Hospital and spent two years at the Massachusetts General Hospital as a surgical oncology research fellow. He then went on for advanced training in surgical oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Dr. Pawlik’s main clinical interests include alimentary tract surgery, with a special interest in hepatic and pancreatobiliary diseases. He also has an interest in medical ethics and completed a fellowship in medical ethics at the Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a Masters in Theology from Harvard Divinity School in Boston. In addition, Dr. Pawlik has received a PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Clinical Investigations.

Dr. Pawlik took his first faculty appointment at Johns Hopkins in 2005, where he is currently professor of Surgery and Oncology, as well as the director of the Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Clinic. Dr. Pawlik has given more than 200 invited talks both nationally and internationally and has published more than 250 articles and 30 book chapters. He is a member of a number of professional societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology, the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the Association for Academic Surgery, the Society of Clinical Surgery, and the American Surgical Association.