Dr. John Zeller’s professional career spans over a quarter of a century, incorporating a gainful private practice and academics. A graduate of the University of California (UCLA), he received a PhD in Anatomy in 1978 and his MD in 1980. Subsequent formal education has included an internship and residency in general surgery (1980 – 1983) at the University of California at Davis (UCD), an orthopedic residency (1984 – 1987) at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), and a spine fellowship (1987 – 1988) at Rancho Los Amigos Regional Medical Center.
He takes special pride in having completed the Fishbein Fellowship in Medical Writing and Editing (2006 – 2007) awarded by the American Medical Association (AMA). This is bestowed upon a select group of physicians after completing a prolonged competition supervised by staff from the Journal of the American Medical Association(JAMA) – which turned into an employment opportunity as an Associate Editor on JAMA’s executive staff.
Accordingly, within this time frame, he has been involved as an Associate Editor (10yrs) with JAMAand has functioned within three university settings –three years as Associate Professor of Anatomy at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine; ten years as Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Emergency Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine and a brief one-year fellowship at New York University Langone Medical Center as Associate Professor and Chair of Musculoskeletal Education within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Apart from a robust bibliography of published research, he has likewise spent a lifetime in peer review and medical editing – associated with multiple scientific publications including JAMA, JAMA Surgery, The Journal of Clinical Anatomy, BMJ, LANCET, Journal of Hand Surgery, Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, JBJS, and the Journal of Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy.
Presently, his interests include the history of medicine, the correlation of infectious disease and its overt manifestations, orthopedic trauma, and wound healing. With aging, there has been a reluctant exchange to playing less golf and reading more C.S. Lewis in Dexter, MI.