Biography

Dr. R.J. Turner, M.D.Richard J. Turner was born on November 1, 1929 in Grenada, Mississippi, to Richard J. Turner, Jr. and Edith Pearson Turner. He graduated from Baton Rouge, La. Public High School in 1946, and received a BS degree in zoology and chemistry from Louisiana State University in 1950. Turner joined the US Air Force ROTC in 1950, was accepted to medical school and graduated from Louisiana State University School of Medicine in 1954. Richard J. Turner III married Ellise Brown Weldon on August 8, 1953. They have lived in Fort Worth for over forty years, and have six children and nine grandchildren.

Military Service and Surgical Residency
Turner served as a commissioned officer with the rank of Major in the Regular Air Force. He served his internship at Brooke Army Hospital in San Antonio, Texas from 19541955; as a surgical resident at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1955-1958; as Chief Resident-Surgery in 1959; and as Chief of General Surgery, USAF Hospital, Carswell, Fort Worth, from 1959-1964.

Private Practice
Turner opened a surgical practice in 1964, and in 1995, established Surgical Oncology Associates with Dr. John W. Freese in Fort Worth, Texas. He retired from the active practice of surgery on August 31, 2002, and has started a second career in writing and quality assurance consultation.

Credentials

Academic Appointments
Research Assistant, Pathology, LSU, 1953
Instructor, Surgery, LSU School of Medicine, 1955-1959
Clinical Instructor, Surgery UT Southwestern Medical School
Assistant Professor of Surgery - Division of Surgical Oncology, UT Southwestern Medical School

Consulting Positions
US Air Force Surgery Texas, New Mexico & Arkansas, 1960-1964
US Public Health Hospital, Fort Worth, TX 1975-1995
USAF Hospital, Carswell, 1964-1970

Hospital Appointments
St. Joseph Hospital, 1964-1995
Harris-Methodist Fort Worth, 1964-present
All Saints Episcopal, 1964 present
Columbia Medical Plaza, 1975 present
John Peter Smith Hospital, 1964 present

Hospital Staff Administration
Chief of Staff, St. Joseph Hospital, 1987-89
Chief of Surgery, St. Joseph Hospital, 1983-1985
Chief of Surgery, John Peter Smith Hospital
Vice President, Medical Staff, John Peter Smith Hospital
Surgical Quality Review Committee
CME Committee
Credentialling Review Committee
Medical Executive Committee
Long Range Planning & Development Committee

Community Service and Professional Society Leadership
President, Tarrant County Chapter, American Cancer Society
President, Fort Worth Cancer Society
President, North Texas Chapter, American College of Surgeons
President, Fort Worth Surgical Society
President, Texas Surgical Society
Chairman, Medical Executive Committee, UT Southwestern Moncrief Cancer Center
Medical Director, .Western Metroplex Bridge Breast Center
Board Member, Board Steams and Valleys
Board Member, American Cancer Society/Tarrant County
Board Member, Fort Worth Cancer Society
Board Member, Fort Worth Theatre
Board Member, Van Cliburn Foundation