April 25, 1971.
On this day, the Indiana University School of Medicine announced the resignation of Dr. John A. Campbell, chairman of the Department of Radiology, effective July 1. Dr. Campbell planned to leave for Los Angeles, California, to become chief of radiology at the newly formed Los Angeles County-Martin Luther King, Jr., General Hospital and chair of Radiology at Drew Postgraduate Medical School. Both institutions were located in the Watts neighborhood, which until then had no hospital facilities. The new medical school and hospital would train physicians and hospital technicians from the immediate neighborhood.
Campbell clearly stated his reasons for the change. "The two greatest problems in the United States today are the maldistribution of health care and injustices in the legal system. If I were running for president these are the issues I could choose," he said. "The polarization of the population today is a terribly serious matter," he added. "In making this move I feel that I am doing the most relevant thing I can do."
After medical training at the University of Cincinnati, Campbell joined the IU School of Medicine in 1945 as director of hospital radiological services. He became chair of the Department of Radiology in 1956 and developed it from small beginnings to one of the largest and best in the country.
Campbell noted that he was grateful for the opportunities to serve in the School of Medicine, but said the timing was right for him to start a "second career." It was time for a younger leader to take over the radiology department.
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