John Feagin Jr., M.D.
John A. Feagin Jr., MD graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and received his M.D. degree from Duke University. An international collaborator and world-renowned authority on knee surgery, Dr. Feagin has held many appointments.
Most notably he has served as:
- Chief of Orthopaedic Services at the 85th Evacuation hospital in Qui Nhon, Vietnam
- Founder and President of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
- Commander of Keller Army Hospital at West Point
- Team Physician for the U.S. Olympic Ski Team
- Orthopedic Surgery Private Practice, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
- Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed University of Health Services
- Professor of Surgery, Duke University Division of Orthopedics
- Chief of Orthopedic Services, Durham VA Medical Center
- International Medical Mission work leader, surgeon and advocate
In addition to Dr. Feagin’s professional accomplishments, his character and dedication to developing talent in others is what distinguishes him as a leader. Dr. Feagin was awarded the 2004 West Point Distinguished Graduate award. The quote below from this award ceremony provides a succinct and compelling summary of his character and contributions:
“An airborne artillery lieutenant who became the first active duty Army officer to attend medical school; a battlefield surgeon in Vietnam; a research physician and innovative bioengineer whose published work has led to quantum advances in orthopedic surgery; John Autrey Feagin, Jr. is the world's leading authority on cruciate ligaments and a pioneer in the practice of sports medicine. John Feagin's entire professional life has been one of unselfish contribution to the U.S. Army Medical Corps, the broader medical profession, and to the Nation. A role model for young physicians, his extraordinary personal standards of competency, dedication to service, and compassion, transcend his international reputation as the world's leading authority on cruciate ligament surgery. His is a consummate professional who epitomized the ideals expressed in the West Point motto: ‘Duty, Honor, Country.’ As a teacher, scientist, mentor, author, medical missionary, and humanist, John Feagin is truly a lion in his chosen field.”