Johns Hopkins School of
R. Wheeless, Jr., M.D.,
With more than 40 years in the practice
of medicine, Clifford Roberts Wheeless, Jr., M.D. has a national reputation
for his work in the field of laparoscopy, gynecologic oncology and
pelvic reconstructive surgery. Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics
and Gynecology, Dr. Wheeless is a Fellow of the American College of
Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Surgeons, and the
Southern Surgical Association. He also has subspecialty certification
by the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Wheeless received his medical degree
at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1964. He has
been a member of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institution since serving
as an intern, resident and chief resident in the Department of Gynecology.
While at Hopkins, Dr. Wheeless trained under renowned physicians Drs.
Richard TeLinde, Howard Jones, Georgiana Jones and Donald Woodruff.
He would complete his Fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology under distinguished
surgeon, Dr. John Graham, at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo,
Dr. Wheeless began his career in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland
with Drs. TeLinde, Wharton and Dorsey. In 1972, he was named Project
Director for the International Sterilization Training Program where
he was instrumental in developing laparoscopy as an outpatient technique
for sterilization and gynecologic diagnosis.
In 1978 Dr. Wheeless accepted the Chairmanship of Obstetrics and Gynecology
at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. He rebuilt the hospital's
residency program, emphasizing gynecologic surgery, and also developed
a pelvic surgery fellowship program.
In 1990, Dr. Wheeless left Union to become Professor of Gynecology
and Obstetrics and the Division Director of Gynecologic Oncology in
the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Emory University. By
1994, he had come back to Baltimore where he began practicing gynecologic
oncology, teaching residents and continuing his fellowship program
at Sinai Hospital. Dr. Wheeless would return to Hopkins as a full
time faculty member in 2000, finally retiring from the Hopkins School
of Medicine in 2003. He remains a Clinical Associate Professor of Gynecology
and Obstetrics at Hopkins.
Dr. Wheeless has devoted significant time to the epidemic problem of
birth trauma and fistulas in the developing world. He continues his
role as educator, publishing extensively in his field, traveling worldwide
to provide care and teach local physicians.