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James Johnson, Robert H. Jackson President and CEO, Keynote Speaker at WCA Doctor’s Day Luncheon

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James C. Johnson, President and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center, keynote speaker for the WCA Hospital Doctor’s Day Luncheon on March 26, will present “The Robert H. Jackson Legacy: Prosecuting A Head of State”.

JAMESTOWN, NY (Thursday, March 20, 2014)—James C. Johnson, President and CEO of the Robert H. Jackson Center, will be the keynote speaker for the WCA Hospital Doctor’s Day Luncheon that commemorates the National Doctor’s Day observance.  The luncheon will be held on Wednesday, March 26, from Noon to 1:00 p.m. at the WCA Auditorium.  Hosted by hospital leadership, the event salutes the medical staff at WCA which consists of 136 dedicated physicians representing over 30 medical and surgical specialties.

 “We are very pleased to honor our medical staff who partner in our mission to improve the health and well-being of everyone we serve,” said Betsy T. Wright, FACHE, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Our luncheon is a great opportunity to extend our gratitude and appreciation to the many extraordinary physicians at WCA who provide the strength and stability of the health of this region.”

James’s keynote presentation entitled: “The Robert H. Jackson Legacy:  Prosecuting a Head of State” takes excerpts when James served as Chief of Prosecutions for the Special court of Sierra Leone from 2003 to 2012 overseeing the trail and investigative teams which prosecuted persons accused of war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law, including the trails of former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor.

Before joining the Jackson Center in the summer of 2012, James was the Chief of Prosecutions for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. The Special Court, an International War Crimes Tribunal, was responsible for prosecuting persons who bear the greatest responsibility for violations of international humanitarian law committed in the territory of Sierra Leone. As such, Mr. Johnson supervised trial and investigative teams, which prosecuted ten accused for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other serious violations of international law.

Prior to joining the Special Court for Sierra Leone, James served for 20 years as a Judge Advocate in the United States Army. Among his tours of duty in the military he served as the Legal Advisor, George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and as an Assistant Professor of International and Operational Law, United States Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Charlottesville, Virginia. He also served as a prosecutor and international/operational law advisor to both conventional and special operations units.

Preceding the keynote presentation, Patrick Collins, M.D., President of the WCA Hospital Medical Staff, will present the prestigious 2014 Physician of the Year Award, an honor given annually to one outstanding physician in Chautauqua County that distinguishes the physician on the medical staff for his or her significant practice experience, compassion, community involvement, and commitment to a healthier community. 

This year will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Physician of the Year celebration at WCA Hospital.  Tribute will be given to past Physicians of the Year and Ronald Klizek, M.D., board-certified radiologist on the medical staff, who established the Physician of the Year program at WCA Hospital and whose enthusiasm, passion and commitment to the program will be recognized.

Past honorary Physicians of the Year who will be recognized at the event include, Bert Rappole, M.D., honored in 2005; Richard Lisciandro, M.D., honored in 2006; Ranjit Laha, M.D., honored in 2007; Sawaran Bambrah, M.D., honored in 2008; Robert Ungerer, M.D., honored in 2009, Bill Toms, M.D., honored in 2010; Bhagwandas Sutaria, M.D., honored in 2011; Randall Swanson, M.D., honored in 2012; John LaMancuso, M.D., honored in 2013; and the 2014 Physician of the Year who will be announced during the luncheon.

The event will also include remarks from Betsy Wright who will extend thanks on behalf of the WCA Hospital family to the medical staff and commend the Physicians of the Year.   

Music is provided by pianist, Lucille Miller.  A special luncheon menu will be prepared by the WCA Hospital Hospitality team.

The first Doctor’s Day, held on March 30, 1930, in Winder, Georgia, was inspired by the wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond and marks the anniversary of the first use of general anesthesia in surgery by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842.  On March 30, 1958, the United State House of Representatives adopted a resolution commemorating Doctor’s Day.  In 1990, the congress and the senate approved legislation establishing National Doctor’s Day.  The resolution designating March 30th as National Doctor’s Day was signed by President George Bush.

On Saturday, March 30th (National Doctor’s Day) the community is invited to remember their physician(s) and the many ways in which they promote, maintain or restore your health. 

For a list of physicians on the medical staff at WCA Hospital, visit To receive a free pocket 2014 Physician Directory/Calendar this features the entire Medical Staff who are experts in their specialties at WCA Hospital, e-mail or call (716) 664-8614. 

For questions about the event, contact the WCA Public Relations Department at (716) 664-8614.

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