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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. VI - Page 52« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Dr. Ronald Coy Jones)

Mr. Specter.
May the record show at this point that Dr. Ronald Jones has arrived in response to a letter of request to give his deposition for the President's Commission on the assassination of President Kennedy.

Dr. Jones, the purpose of the President's Commission is to investigate all the facts relating to the shooting and subsequent medical treatment of President Kennedy and we have asked you to appear to testify concerning your knowledge of that treatment.
With that statement of purpose, will you stand up and raise your right hand. Do you solemnly swear the testimony you give before the President's Commission during the course of this deposition proceeding will be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God ?
Dr. JONES. I do.
Mr. Specter.
Would you state your full name for the record, please?
Dr. JONES. Ronald Coy Jones.
Mr. Specter.
What is your profession, sir?
Dr. JONES. General Surgery--resident physician.
Mr. Specter.
Are you duly licensed by the State of Texas to practice medicine?
Dr. JONES. Yes.
Mr. Specter.
Will you outline briefly your educational background ?

Dr. JONES. I graduated--I went to undergraduate school at the University of Arkansas from 1950 to 1953, in pre-med. From 1953 through 1957, I went to medical school and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Memphis, and in 1957 through 1958 I took an internship in Los Angeles County General Hospital.
From there I went to the University of Oklahoma and took a 2-year general practice residency, 1 year, the first year, entailing a year of internal medicine and its subspecialties, and a second year of surgery and its subspecialties, which was approved by the American Board of Surgeons for 1 year of surgical training, and from 1960 until the present time I have taken an additional 4 years of general surgery at Parkland, and have served as Chief Resident of Surgery.
Mr. Specter.
Did you have occasion to aid in the medical treatment of President Kennedy on November 22, 1963 ?
Dr. JONES. Yes, sir.
Mr. SPECTER. Would you relate briefly the circumstances surrounding your being called into the case ?
Dr. JONES. I was eating lunch with Dr. Perry and I heard the operator page Dr. Tom Shires of the staff on two occasions, and the second time I answered the phone and the operator told me that the President had been shot and was being brought to the emergency room.
I turned around and immediately notified Miss Audrey Bell, who is the operating room supervisor so that any arrangements could be made for immediate surgery, and Dr. M. T. Jenkins, who is the Chief of the Anesthesiology Department. From there I went across the room and notified Dr. Perry of the shooting and we both went together to the emergency room, and it was at that time we arrived shortly after the President had been brought in.
Mr. SPECTER. What is your best estimate as to the time you arrived at the emergency room ?
Dr. JONES. It was, I would say, around 23 or 25 minutes until 1.
Mr. Specter.
And who was present, if anyone, at the time you arrived ?
Dr. JONES. Dr. James Carrico, and possibly Dr. Richard Dulany, and I'm not sure that he was there or was there for just a few minutes after we arrived. I do recall seeing him there as one of the first ones.
Mr. Specter.
Was any nurse present at that time?
Dr. JONES. The head nurse in the emergency room was present and--
Mr. Specter.
Do you know her name ?
Dr. JONES. It's left my mind right now-- I know her.
Mr. Specter.
Could that be Miss Henchliffe?
Dr. JONES. She was there, I believe.
Mr. Specter.
Mrs. Bowron ?
Dr. JONES. No--just the--
Mr. Specter.
Mrs. Nelson?
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