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Jacob Alexander Haller

Born  1927

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American paediatric surgeon, born May 20, 1927, Pulaski, Virginia.

Biography of Jacob Alexander Haller

Jacob Alexander Haller, Jr was born in Pulaski, Virginia. He earned his B.A. in 1947 from Vanderbilt University and his M.D. in 1951 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After his residency in the Halsted surgical service at Johns Hopkins, Haller was on the faculty at the University of Louisville and a paediatric surgeon at Louisville Children's Hospital. He returned to Johns Hopkins in 1963 to join the school of medicine faculty in paediatrics, paediatric surgery, and emergency medicine.

He was Children's-Surgeon-in-Charge of Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1964 until 1997. Haller maintained an interest in surgical problems of children, with a special focus on the treatment of congenital chest wall deformities, paediatric cardio-thoracic surgery, and systems of care for children with serious injuries. He established the regional trauma centre for children at Johns Hopkins, the first such program of its kind in the United States, and established a training program for paediatric surgeons.

Biographical information was found on a website for the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.


  • J. Alex Haller and Joseph A. Little:
    Diagnosis and Surgical Correction of Congenital Coronary Artery–Coronary Sinus Fistula. Circulation, 1963, 27: 939-942.
  • J. Alex Haller:
    Deep thrombophlebitis; pathophysiology and treatment.
    (Major problems in clinical surgery, volume 6).
    W. B. Saunders Co, 1967. 130 pages.
  • David G. Nichols, Dorothy G. Lappe, J. Alex Haller, Myron Yaster:
    Golden Hour: the Handbook of Advanced Pediatric Life Support (Year Book Handbooks).
    First edition 1991. 2nd edition, Mosby, 1996, 639 pages.
  • J. Alex Haller:
    Surgical emergencies in the newborn. Lea & Fibiger, 1972. 153 pages.
  • J. Alex Haller:
    Major Problems in Clinical Surgery, Volume VI: Deep Thrombophlebitis, Pathopsysiology and Treatment. W. B. Saunders, 1968.
  • J. Alex Haller:
    Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Year Book Medical Pub, 1999.
  • J. Alex Haller:
    Why Pediatric Surgery?: A Personal Journey Through the First 50 Years.
    Presidential address.
    Annals of Surgery, May 2003, 237 (5): 597-606.

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