George Sheldon has served as chair of surgery for 17 years and professor of surgery and social medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was a fellow in internal medicine at the Mayo Clinic, resident in surgery at the University of California-San Francisco and fellow in surgical biology at Harvard Medical School. Sheldon is one of fewer than 20 surgeons in the past 100 years to be president of all the major surgical organizations, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Surgical Association, the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the American Board of Surgery. Sheldon is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science and has an Honorary Fellowship in the Royal College of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is currently editor-in chief of eFACS.org, an Internet portal, and Centennial History of the American College of Surgeons. A Salina native and past student body president of KU, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in history in 1957 and his doctor of medicine degree in 1961, both from KU.