Do you recognize the people in this photo from the 1959 Clinical Congress?

The Clinical Congress of 1959 took place in Atlantic City, NJ, with President Newell W. Philpott, MD, FACS, and incoming President Owen Wangensteen, MD, FACS, presiding.

The program featured U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk, who at the time was president of the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY, and delivered the 14th Martin Memorial Lecture. A program of  “Musical Memories,” with singers Kirsten Kenyon, Margo Moser, and Warren Traiter, entertained the gathering. C. Everett Koop, MD, FACS, who went on to become Surgeon General of the U.S. under President Ronald Reagan, chaired a postgraduate course on Surgery of the Chest.

The new technology of color telecasts was introduced, emanating from Bellevue Hospital in New York, NY, with a moderator transmitting questions from the convention hall audience to the panelists, who held forth from a special television studio in Atlantic City, NJ, thus effecting a three-way conversation.

But who were these young surgeons meeting with C. Rollins Hanlon, MD, FACS (second from right), and another distinguished surgeon? Help us identify them if you can! Contact Susan Rishworth, ACS Archivist, at 312-202-5270 or

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