Thursday, December 6, 2007


Dr. James H. Herdon - 2007
James H. Herndon - Notre Dame High School Class of 1957 - Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley
At the time of the 50th Reunion of Notre Dame High School's Class of 1957, nothing was known about the whereabourts of James Herndon. All that was known was that he was a physician. It was that lead and his middle initial, provided by an Arches yearbook, that allowed our classmate John Heaphy to Google James Herndon's location. Here's what was discovered.

James H. Herndon, M.D., M.B.A.
Date updated: July 02, 2007
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James H. Herndon, M.D., M.B.A., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and chairman emeritus of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Partners HealthCare (an integrated health system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital) in Boston, Mass.

In addition, he is the William H. and Joanna A. Harris Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School. In 2003, Dr. Herndon became the President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has also served as President of the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and as Chairman of the Residency Review Committee for Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Herndon graduated cum laude from Loyola University in Los Angeles and attended the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed an internship and a year of training in general surgery at the University of Pennsylvania, and he followed with a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston and a fellowship in hand surgery at Roosevelt Hospital in New York City. After serving as Chief of Amputee Services at Valley Forge General Hospital in Phoenixville, Pa., during the Vietnam War, he was in private practice for 4 years in Michigan. He then spent 25 years working as Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brown University in Rhode Island, the University of Pittsburgh and Harvard Medical School.

Throughout his career, Dr Herndon has won a variety of awards, including the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and 2 Partners in Excellence Awards from Partners HealthCare. In addition, he’s delivered more than 30 keynote and presidential guest lectures at national and international meetings, has been awarded honorary membership in 7 international professional organizations (including the Royal College of Surgeons of England), and has received 3 honorary degrees. He has been listed in several editions of Who’s Who as well as has been listed as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 2001.

Dr. Herndon is widely published in professional and peer–reviewed journals and is a frequent speaker in the United States and abroad. His areas of expertise include trauma and reconstruction of the upper extremity, arthritis, patient safety, medical errors and leadership issues in medicine today. He is currently Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Grants/Research Support: ASSH/AFSH Grant #204672 “In Vivo Kinematics of the Forearm”
Consultant/Advisory Board: Medical Advisory Board, Musculoskeletal Research Group, Dartmouth; Consultant the Bard Group; Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Board of Trustees

All that I know of Jim Herndon is that he holds a doctorate. If you have any information about his location, or his history, please email


Gerald R. Fecht said...

Please note
this blog entry has been changed to reflect our discovery of Jim Herndon's whereabouts.
J Fecht

Devi Bellows said...

I have a photo of Dr. Herndon from 1957 with his date prior to a formal party. Carol Irsfeld sent me a connection to your blog as she wants to create one for our Providence HS Class of '59.

If you are interested in the photo and/or know how to send it to Dr. Herndon, please let me know. It is very good of both of them and in excellent condition. I have no idea why I've saved it all these years.

FYI all 3 of my sons attended NDHS as did my former husband Tom Wright....Class of '56.

I'll look forward to hearing from you,
Devi (Savitt) Bellows

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