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James L. Poppen, American neurosurgeon. Decorated cross King Alfonso X, Spain, 1947, Sword of San Martin, Argentina, Decoration of Merit; Ordem de Boyaca (Colombia).


Poppen, James L. was born on February 27, 1903 in Drenthe, Michigan, United States. Son of John and Ann (Slotman) Poppen.


Student Hope Preparatory School, Holland, Michigan, 1916-1920. Graduate Hope College, 1926. Doctor of Science, 1953.

Doctor of Medicine Rush Medical College, Chicago, 1930.


House officer and house officer internship St. Luke’s Hospital, Chicago, 1929-1930. Surgical resident Illinois Research and Ednl. Hospital, 1931, 33; neurosurgeon Lahey Clinic, 1933-1970, chief of neurosurgery, 1957-1970.

Private practice neurosurgery, Boston, 1970-1978. Neurosurgeon New England Deaconess, New England Baptist and Boston Psychopathic hospitals, 1933-1978. Chairman neurosurgery New England Baptist Hospital.

Consultant Taunton (Massachusetts) Eastern State Hospital, Jamaica Plain (Massachusetts) Veterans Hospital, Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro, Massachusetts, St. Luke’s Hospital, Middleboro, Massachusetts.


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American College of Surgeons fellow. Member of the American Medical Association, American Neurological Society, Society Neurological Surgeons (president 1960), Argentina Sociedad de Neurologia Psiquiatria y Neurocirugla Honorario, Sociedad de Neurologia Neurocirugia Honerario Repubia Oriental del Uruguay, Society Neurology Rio de Janeiro, Ordem Nacional de Cruzeiro de Sul, Brazil, American Surgical Association. Member of faculty medicine University of Madrid.

Member La Real Societa Italiana de Neuro-Chirurgia, Milano, Italy, Neurosurg. Society Brazil, Neurosurg. Society Venezuela; member Nacional de Medicina, Spain.

Member Societa Italiana di Neurochirurgia, Milano Italy. Member Societe de NeuroChirurgie de Langue Francaise. Member Massachusetts Medical Society, Boston Surgical Society, Boston Society Neurology and Psychiatry (president 1951), Harvey Cushing Society (president 1959), Pan American Medical Association (North America vice president 1966), Brazilian Nueorsurgical Society (honorary president 1966), Sigma Nu.

Clubs: Country (Brookline, Massachusetts).


Married Nancy High, April. Children: Elizabeth, John.

John Poppen

Ann (Slotman) Poppen

Nancy High

Elizabeth Poppen

John Poppen