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John Paul Heggers

Surgery , Immunology and microbiology educator

John Paul Heggers was American surgery, immunology and microbiology educator. Diplomate American Board Bioanalysis; certified wound specialist American Academy Wound Management; certified Advanced Burn Life Support provider.


Heggers, John Paul was born on February 8, 1933 in Brooklyn. Son of John and May (Hass) Heggers.


Bachelor in Bacteriology, Montana State University now University Montana, 1958. Master of Science in Microbiology, University Maryland, 1965. Doctor of Philosophy in Bacteriology and Public Health, Washington State University, 1972.


Medical technologist United States Naval Hospital, St. Albans, New York, 1951-1953. Bacteriologist Hahnemann Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, 1958-1959. Commissioned Second lieutenant United States Army, 1959, advanced through grades to lieutenant colonel, 1975.

Member staff department bacteriology 1st United States Army Medical Laboratory, New York City, 1959-1960. Chief clinical laboratory, food service division & diet kitchen United States Army Hospital, Verdun, France, 1960-1963. Chief virology and rickettsiology division department microbiology 3d United States Army Medical Laboratory, Fort McPherson, Georgia, 1965-1966.

Instructor bacteriology Basic Laboratory School, 1965-1966. Chief diagnostic bacteriology 9th Medical Laboratory, Saigon, Vietnam, 1966-1967. Chief microbiology division department pathology Brooke General Hospital, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, 1967-1969.

Chairman department microbiology United States Army School Medical Technology, 1967-1969. Instructor bacteriology evening division San Antonio Junior College, 1969. Laboratory science officer Office Surgeon General, Washington, 1972-1974.

Microbiologist special mycobacterial disease branch division geografic pathology Armed Forces Institute Pathology, 1973, special assistant to director, 1973-1974. Chief clinical research laboratory clinical research service Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, 1974-1976, assistant chief clinical investigation service, 1976-1977. Instructor immunology, parasitology and mycology Clover Park Vocational Technology Institute, 1976-1977.

Retired, 1977; associate professor department surgery University Chicago, 1977-1980, professor, 1980-1983. Professor surgery Wayne State University, Detroit, 1983-1988. Professor surgery, microbiology and immunology University Texas Medical Branch, 1988—2005.

Retired, 2005

Director clinical microbiology Shriners Burn Hospital, Galveston, Texas, 1988-2005.


  • Diplomate American Board Bioanalysis. Certified wound specialist American Academy Wound Management. Certified Advanced Burn Life Support provider.


President Aloe Research Foundation, 1989-1992, vice-chairman 1992-1995. Service award dedicator. Fellow New York Academy of Sciences, American Academy Microbiology, Royal Society Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, American Geriatrics Society.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (life), member National Registry Microbiologists (chairman executive council 1976-1979), American Society Microbiology (chairman committee tellers 1974-1975), Washington Society of America Medical Technologists (president 1975-1977), Washington Society Medical Technology (chairman section microbiology science assembly, director 1975-1977), Association Military Surgeons United States (life), American Society Clinical Pathologists (associate), American Medical Technologists (Distinguished Service award 1975, Exceptional Merit award 1976, national director 1979-1980, national secretary 1980-1982, national vice president 1982-1984, Technologist of Year 1983), American Burn Association (chairman research committee, Second vice president board trustees 2002, plaque of appreciation for dedicated service, 2004, President's continuing education award 1981, At Large award 1986, Robert B. Lindberg award 1991, 92, 2004, Curtis P. Artz Distinguished Service award 1996), Plastic Surgery Research Council, Surgical Infection Society (charter), American Association Bioanalysts ( William N. Reich Outstanding Achievement award 2007), Illinois State Society Medical Technologists (vice president 1979), International Society Burn Injuries, Vietnam Veterans Association (life), Masons (32d degree, knight Commander Court Honor), Shriners (ritualistic potentate), Sigma Xi.


Married Rosemarie Niklas, July 30, 1977. Children: Arn M., Ronald R., Laurel M., Gary R., Renee L., Annette M.

John Heggers

May (Hass) Heggers

Rosemarie Niklas

Arn M. Heggers

Ronald R. Heggers

Laurel M. Heggers

Gary R. Heggers

Renee L. Heggers

Annette M. Heggers