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John Marquis Converse, American surgeon. Decorated Croix de Guerre with palms; commander Legion of Honor, commander Order Science Merit (France). Diplomate American Board Plastic Surgery.


Converse, John Marquis was born on September 29, 1909 in San Francisco, California, United States. Son of George Marquis and Adele (Clot) Converse.


Student Ecole Gerson, 1920-1924. Bachelor of Arts, Lycee Janson de Sailly, 1928. Doctor of Medicine, University Paris (France), 1935.

D.honoris causa, U. Bordeaux (France), 1978.


1 son, John Marquis; married second, Veronica Balfe Cooper, June 27, 1964. Surgeon-director clinic reconstructive plastic surgery of face Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital, New York City, 1952-1975, department chairman plastic surgery. Lawrence D. Bell professor plastic surgery New York University School Medicine, director Institute Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, New York University Medical Center, from 1957.

Consultant Veterans Administration Hospital., New York City. Medical consultant Armed Forces.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (with Doctor V.H. Kazanjian) Surgical Treatment of Facial Injuries, 3d edit., 1974, also numerous science articles. Editor: Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, 2d edition., 1977.


Served as major French Army, North Africa, 1943-1944, Army of the United States, 1944-1946. American College of Surgeons fellow, American Society Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (special citation 1978), American Association Plastic Surgeons (honorary citation 1976), American Academy Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, New York Academy of Medicine. Member International Society for Advancement Microbiology (vice chairman 1976), Society Rehabilitation Facially Disfigured (vice president from 1951, founder), New York Academy Sciences, Purkinje Society Czechoslovakia (honorary), British Association Plastic Surgeons.


Married Sheila Paull-Delany, November 12, 1932.; married second, Veronica Balfe Cooper, June 27, 1964.

George Marquis Converse

Adele (Clot) Converse

Sheila Paull-Delany

Veronica Balfe Cooper