We have lost another one of APSA’s Founding Members and a past President, Dr. J. Alex Haller, Jr., who died June 13 surrounded by his family.
Haller was the Children’s-Surgeon-in-Charge of Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1964 until 1997. He had a special focus on the treatment of congenital chest wall deformities, pediatric cardiothoracic surgery and systems of care for children with serious injuries. He established the regional trauma center for children at Johns Hopkins, the first such program of its kind in the United States, and also established one of the early pediatric surgery training programs. Haller was one of 24 pediatric surgeons who founded APSA via three organizing meetings in 1969. He was APSA President in 1986. Learn more about his accomplishments from the AAP Oral History Project interview between Haller and Dr. Kurt Newman.
The funeral will be held Saturday, June 23, 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, 4 University Parkway, Baltimore, Maryland.