Pioneering sports medicine surgeon Dr. James Nicholas has died at age 85 of colon cancer. Dr. Nicholas, who in 1954 was part of the team that operated on then senator John F. Kennedy, was also team physician to six professional sports teams in New York. He founded the first hospital-based sports medicine institute at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.
Long-time Mobile, Alabama surgeon Ernest G. DeBakey has died at age 96. Dr. DeBakey was known for his championing of better care for rural Americans and established a foundation to study the problems of healthcare delivery for those patients. He is the brother of famed heart surgeon Michael DeBakey.
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