Dr. Jerry Gustafson
Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Gustafson graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in medicine. He completed a rotating internship and general surgery residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas. He was on duty November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Dr. Gustafson joined Surgical Associates in Tulsa in 1968. Dr. Gustafson impacted the lives of thousands of people through his work as a surgeon and his leadership roles in health affairs. He was involved in the development of Saint Francis Hospital. He is credited with helping to develop quality emergency medical services in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma including emergency helicopter services, the birth of EMSA and the expansion of the Saint Francis Trauma Center. Retiring on June 30, 1997 from Surgical Associates, he began to volunteer with the Tulsa County Medical Society chairing the Committee on Concerns of Older Tulsans (COOTS) and the Golden Oldies (organized older and retired physicians). He became politically active working to pass legislation for a Special Medical, Osteopathic and Dental License for retired professionals working as volunteers in charity clinics. Thanks to our funding partners you can hear his entire story on VoicesofOklahoma.com.
Interview with Dr. Jerry Gustafson
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: February 14, 2013
Date Published: November 8, 2013
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
Tags: December 7, 1941, University of Missouri, Sam Walton, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Baylor Hospital, Lone Ranger, John F. Kennedy Assassination, November 22, 1963, Warren Commission, Gov. John Connally, Dr. Bob Shaw, Jack Ruby, Lee Harvey Oswald, L.B.J., Linden Johnson, Air Force One, Rufus Youngblood, Saint Francis Hospital, Dr. C.T. Thompson, Vietnam, Henry Zarrow, Mayor LaFortune, Pat Mace