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Special Article
November 1, 2005

Tribute to Claude Organ, Jr, MD: A Mentor Supreme

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Md.

Arch Surg. 2005;140(11):1051-1052. doi:10.1001/archsurg.140.11.1051

Dr Claude Organ would frequently punctuate advice he was giving me with this thoroughly unnecessary preface:

The advice I am giving you is the same that I would hope your father would give to my son if he had survived this long and I hadn’t,

ignoring that he did not need to justify giving his much appreciated, sage counsel to me or to other surgeons of my generation. Undoubtedly, countless tributes to Dr Organ will highlight his unsurpassed impact on American surgery by enumerating his positions of affluence as chairman of 2 departments of surgery, chairman of the American Board of Surgery, president of the American College of Surgeons, longtime editor of Archives of Surgery, and honorary member and liaison to numerous international surgical societies. I would like to highlight the 2 overriding features of Dr Organ’s character that made him the supreme mentor to thousands of surgeons over the past 4 decades: his extreme commitment and his exemplary principles and personal integrity.