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John Hart Raaf

John Hart Raaf was American surgeon, educator, health facility administrator. Diplomate American Board Surgery.


  • Raaf, John Hart was born on August 10, 1941 in Portland, Oregon, United States. Son of John E. and Lorene (Rardin) Raaf.

  • Education

    • AB magna cum laude, Harvard University, 1963. Doctor of Medicine cum laude, Harvard University, 1970. Doctor of Philosophy, Oxford University, 1966.


    • Intern Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1970-1971, resident in surgery, 1971-1973, 75-77. Research fellow Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York City, 1973-1975. Fellow in immunology Memorial Hospital, 1973-1974.

      Faculty associate in surgery M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute, Houston, 1977-1978, assistant professor surgery, 1978-1979, Cornell University Medical College, New York City, 1979-1981. Associate professor surgery Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1981-1985. Director Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, 1985-1990.

      Chairman department surgery Meridia Huron Hospital, Cleveland, 1991-1994. Chief surgical service Veterans Administration Medical Center Cleveland, 1994-2001. Professor surgery Case Western Reserve University, 1994—2001, vice chairman department surgery, 1994-2001.

      Member selection committees for Rhodes scholarships, Vermont, 1969-1971, New England, 1969-1971, Louisiana, 1977, Texas, 1978, Ohio, 1989-1994. Member soft tissue sarcoma discussion group National Cancer Institute, 1980. Member clinical trials committee National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, 1984-1988.

    Major achievements

    • Diplomate American Board Surgery.


    • Co-author Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center publications, 1980. Also numerous articles, chapters, abstracts, letters, short papers, movies, medical photographs. Editor: Diagnosis and Treatment of Soft Tissue Sarcomas, 1993.

      Editor-in-chief Primary Care and Cancer, 1981-1992. Member editorial board Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Clinical Bulletin, 1979-1982. Associate editor Oncology magazine, 1987-1992.

      Member editorial committee Cleve Clinic Journal Medicine, 1987-1990.


    Fellow American College of Surgeons. Member American Association Cancer Research, American Association Endocrine Surgeons, American Society Clinical Oncology, Association Academy Surgery, Association American Rhodes Scholars, Center Surgical Association, Society Surgical Oncology (publications committee 1981-1984, working group on education 1982, membership committee 2000), Memorial Hospital Alumni Society (chairman program committee 1982), River Place Athletic Club, Charaka Club (New York City).


    • Married Heather Neilson, June 15, 1965. Children– Jennifer, John, Sabrina.
    • father: John E. Raaf
    • mother: Lorene (Rardin) Raaf
    • spouse: Heather Neilson
    • children: Jennifer Raaf
    • John Raaf
    • Sabrina Raaf
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    Born August 10, 1941