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The Sixth Floor Museum Presents Parkland Hospital – Trauma Room One Reunion

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo by Mr. Holga)

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza (photo by Mr. Holga)

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. Dr. Ronald C. Jones and Dr. Robert N. McClelland, two of the physicians who contributed to the president’s treatment, will share their memories from the weekend of November 22, 1963, in Parkland Hospital – Trauma Room One Reunion. The program will be presented at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24, at The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. WFAA-TV’s award-winning journalist and news anchor John McCaa will moderate the panel discussion.

Dr. Jones was the chief surgery resident in Parkland’s emergency room the day of the assassination and worked on the resuscitation of the president. Dr. McClelland was an instructor in surgery at the hospital and also participated in President Kennedy’s treatment, as well as assisted in the surgery of Governor Connally. Ironically, both physicians were part of the surgical team that tried to save the life of accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald less than 48 hours later.

Tickets for Parkland Hospital – Trauma Room One Reunion are $25 per person. Advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Purchase tickets online at by September 22, 2013.  For more information, call 214.747.6660 ext. 5572. Note, a program ticket does not include admission to The Sixth Floor Museum exhibit.

The program is one of many special exhibits, programs, enhancements and collaborations the Museum is planning in commemoration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination in November. Both presenters have contributed to The Sixth Floor Museum’s ongoing Oral History Project. The collection includes more than 1,100 candid, informal interviews that recount the life and death of President John F. Kennedy, the history and culture of Dallas, and the 1960s. Anyone with vivid memories of President Kennedy, the assassination or other historic events of the era are encouraged to contact to contribute to the collection.

The Sixth Floor Museum is located at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ Historic West End. For more information, go to or call 214.747.6660.

About the Presenters

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 and University of Southern California, and completed residencies at the University of Oklahoma and Parkland Memorial Hospital. 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. He later 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. 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, and 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 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 5 p.m. 6 p.m. and 10 p.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 Master’s 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.

About The Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy; interprets the Dealey Plaza National Historic Landmark District and the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza; and presents contemporary culture within the context of presidential history. Located at 411 Elm Street in downtown Dallas, the Museum is open Monday 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Audio guides for the permanent exhibit are included with admission and available in a variety of languages. For more information, visit or call 214.747.6660.

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