Parkland Hospital - Trauma Room One Reunion


Parkland Hospital - Trauma Room One Reunion
Featuring Dr. Ronald C. Jones and Dr. Robert N. McClelland

Moderated by John McCaa, news anchor at WFAA-TV
Tuesday, September 24, 2013 - 7 pm

This event is SOLD OUT.

Within six minutes of the shooting in Dealey Plaza, the presidential limousine carrying President John F. Kennedy and Governor John Connally arrived at the Emergency Room entrance to Parkland Memorial Hospital. A team of doctors worked in vain to save the life of the president, who was pronounced dead at 1:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. Join us for a panel discussion with Dr. Ronald C. Jones and Dr. Robert N. McClelland, two of the physicians who contributed to the president’s treatment in Trauma Room One – and who, less than 48 hours later, tried to save the life of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald – as they share their memories from the weekend of November 22, 1963.

The program will be moderated by WFAA-TV’s award-winning anchor, John McCaa.

For more information, call 214.747.6660 ext. 5572. Please note, a program ticket does not include admission to The Sixth Floor Museum exhibit.

About the Panelists

Dr. Ronald C. Jones

Originally from Harrison, Arkansas, Dr. Ronald Jones received degrees from the University of Arkansas and the University of Tennessee School of Medicine. He interned at Los Angeles County General Hospital, University of Southern California, and completed residencies at the University of Oklahoma and Parkland Memorial Hospital in 1964. He joined the staff at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and rose to Acting Chairman of the Department of Surgery in 1974-76. In 1987 he became Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Dr. Jones is also Program Director of the General Surgery Residence.

Dr. Jones is a member and has served on the boards of numerous surgical organizations, including the Western Surgical Association, Southern Surgical Association, American Surgical Association, and Society of Surgical Oncologists. He has received numerous awards and honors. In 1977, he was appointed to the Texas Medical Disclosure Panel and has served as Secretary of the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons.

In 1963, Dr. Jones was Chief Resident of Surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital when President John F. Kennedy was shot. He treated both President Kennedy and the presumed assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. His deposition for the Warren Commission was taken by attorney and former U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

Dr. Jones stepped down as Chief of Surgery at Baylor University Medical Center in 2012. He continues in the private practice of surgery, specializing in surgical breast oncology. He also serves as the program director for the general surgery residency program at Baylor University Medical Center.

Dr. Robert N. McClelland
Dr. Robert McClelland was born and grew up in Gilmer, Texas.  He graduated from The University of Texas with highest honors in 1950 and then graduated from The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1954.

Following an internship at the University of Kansas Medical Center, he completed a residency in general surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.  Dr. McClelland was an instructor in surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital at the time of the assassination and participated in the treatment of President Kennedy in Trauma Room One, He also assisted in the surgery of Governor John Connally and, less than two days later, the treatment of Lee Harvey Oswald.

After finishing his residency at Parkland, he joined the faculty of Southwestern Medical School faculty from which he officially retired in August, 2007 (45 years).  In September, 2007 he was appointed a Professor Emeritus of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He remains an active participant in various medical school activities, primarily those concerning medical student education, and is on campus every weekday.

Dr. McClelland received numerous teaching awards at UT Southwestern and was named an Ashbel Smith Distinguished Alumnus of the UT Medical Branch in Galveston. Residents in the Parkland Surgical Society (former residents) created a lectureship in Dr. McClelland’s name in 1990; he was also the first recipient of the Alvin Baldwin Jr. Chair in Surgery, an endowment designated for support of surgical education, which he held until his retirement. Dr. McClelland was the originator, editor and publisher of Selected Readings in General Surgery, a program for residents in general surgery which is used by many training programs throughout the United States.   

John McCaa (moderator)
John McCaa anchors News 8 broadcasts at 5p.m. 6p.m. and 10p.m. on WFAA (Channel 8). He is an award-winning journalist who began his career with WFAA in 1984 as a general assignment reporter in the station’s Fort Worth bureau. Later McCaa was named as the Fort Worth bureau chief before transferring to the Dallas newsroom as weekend news co-anchor. He moved into his current position as a front line anchor in 1992.

He is a graduate of Creighton University in Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. He has since earned his Masters Degree in Politics at the University of Dallas and is currently enrolled in further graduate study in the Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas’ History of Ideas program. 

Prior to joining the staff at WFAA, McCaa worked at WOWT-TV in Omaha as an anchor and reporter for more than 7 years. McCaa also serves as host of a variety of station projects and programs including Family First town meetings, a series of regularly scheduled community forums throughout the D/FW area.  He previously served as host of “Metro,” an Emmy-award winning, WFAA-produced half-hour program which focused on African-American life and culture in Texas.

McCaa has served as president of the Press Club of Dallas and the president of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association of Black Communicators.