Institute for Oral History News
JFK Surgeon Dr. Robert N. McClelland InterviewedOct. 25, 2013
During his visit to Baylor on October 24'th to participate in the Honors College lecture series, Dr. Robert N. McClelland, surgeon to both John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald during the fateful events in November, 1963, sat down for an oral history interview with BUIOH Director Dr. Stephen Sloan.
Dr. McClelland was one of three surgeons who attended President Kennedy at Parkland Hospital after the shooting of November 22, 1963. After the president was declared dead, he also was witness to the immediate aftermath as priests and family were called into the room. In addition, Dr. McClelland was the surgeon for Lee Harvey Oswald after his shooting by Jack Ruby on November 24, 1963.
Dr. 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. At Parkland, he administered medical care to Pres. John F. Kennedy and Lee Harvey Oswald. After finishing his residency in 1962, 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.