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The George D. Zuidema Collection

  • Creator: Zuidema, George Dale (1928 - )

  • Collection Date: 1948 - 1985

  • Extent: 60 linear feet

  • An unpublished inventory of this collection is available at the Archives.
George D. Zuidema
by Wayne Ingram
oil on canvas, 49.5 by 39.5 inches, 1983


George D. Zuidema was born in Holland, Michigan. He received his B.A. in 1949 from Hope College and his M.D. in 1953 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed a surgical internship and residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston from 1953 to 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force Medical Corps from 1954 to 1956. Zuidema returned to Massachusetts General in 1957, where he was named chief resident in 1959. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1960.

In 1964, he came to Johns Hopkins to become surgeon-in-chief of the hospital and professor of surgery at the school of medicine. In 1984, Zuidema returned to the University of Michigan Medical School as a professor of surgery and vice provost for medical affairs. While at Johns Hopkins, Zuidema chaired the study on surgical services of the United States and led major research efforts in various areas ranging from portal hypertension to gastrointestinal physiology. He has published extensively throughout his career, producing more than 25 books and over 200 scientific articles. Among his books are such standards as The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Human Functional Anatomy, Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and The Management of Trauma.

Hopkins Affiliations

Scope and Content

The George D. Zuidema Collection spans his career before and during his time at Johns Hopkins. It consists of administrative records from the department of surgery, committee records, personal and professional correspondence, patient logs, photographs, awards, and reprints by Zuidema and by others. Administrative records show the development of the department of surgery and the section on surgical sciences during Zuidema's tenure. There is correspondence from the department of surgery as well as correspondence with colleagues and with professional associations in which Zuidema was active. Reprints are on subjects such as peptic ulcer disease, bilary tract surgery, and the curriculum of medical education.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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