Malcolm Perry (physician)

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Malcolm Perry
Born Malcolm Oliver Perry II
September 3, 1929
Allen, Texas
Died December 5, 2009(2009-12-05) (aged 80)
Tyler, Texas
Cause of death
Lung cancer
Education University of Texas (1951)
Southwestern Medical School (1955)
Occupation Physician / surgeon
Known for Attending to John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital on November 22, 1963

Malcolm Oliver Perry (September 3, 1929 - December 5, 2009) was an American physician and surgeon. Perry was one of the doctors that attended to the President of the United States John F. Kennedy at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963 after Kennedy was shot while riding in an open car.

Biography[edit]

Born in Allen, Texas, Perry graduated from Plano High School in 1947 and went on to the University of Texas at Austin. Following his school life in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts, Perry went to Southwestern Medical School, becoming a Medical Doctor in 1955. Perry worked as an intern at Letterman Hospital in San Francisco, California, for a year, before joining the United States Air Force for two years. Perry was stationed at Geiger Field in Spokane, Washington.

Following his military duties, Perry worked at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, for four years as a general surgical resident, although from September 1962 to September 1963, he traveled to the University of California at San Francisco to study vascular surgery. During that time, he became board certified by the American Board of Surgery.

When John F. Kennedy was shot on November 22, 1963, he was taken to Parkland Hospital. Perry was one of the doctors to attend to Kennedy, performing a tracheotomy over the small wound in Kennedy's throat. Perry also rendered aid to Texas Governor John Connally, who was travelling in the car with Kennedy and was also shot.

Perry stated three times at a press conference later that day that Kennedy's neck wound appeared to be an entrance wound. However, when interviewed by the Warren Commission, Perry said that he now believed that a "full jacketed bullet without deformation passing through the skin would leave a similar wound for an exit and entrance wound and with the facts which you have made available and with these assumptions, I believe that it was an exit wound."

Following the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby on November 24, Perry was one of the doctors to tend to Oswald. Following Oswald's death, Perry made an effort to leave the Dallas area in order to avoid the many press conferences and press questions. Perry left for McAllen in Hidalgo County in south Texas, the home of his mother-in-law, but he was followed there by a reporter from United Press International. Subsequently, a news story was published about him in the New York Herald-Tribune. Perry characterized the article as "overly dramatic, garish and in poor taste, and ethically damaging to me."

Perry rarely spoke about the incidents of November 22, 1963, saying that it was simply a terrible day and one he chose not to talk about again.

Perry later became chief of vascular surgery at New York-Cornell Hospital in Manhattan from 1978 to 1988. He served as a professor in the Department of Surgery at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas in the early 1990s. He was professor emeritus at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center until his death from lung cancer on December 5, 2009.

Portrayals in film[edit]

In the 2013 film Parkland, Perry is portrayed by Colin Hanks.

Sources[edit]

Dr. Malcolm Oliver Perry II at Find a Grave

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