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Parkland Anesthesiologist that Attached Heart Monitor to Kennedy Dies

By on January 2, 2012 in Health News Texas with 0 Comments

Dr. Adolph H. “Buddy” Giesecke Jr.  Photo: Parkland Hospital

by Health News Texas Staff

Dr. Adolph H. “Buddy” Giesecke Jr., 79, died Christmas eve in his Iving, TX home. Giesecke was the anesthesiologist who attached the heart monitor to President John F. Kennedy at Parkland Hospital’s emergency room and prepared the wounded Texas Gov.John Connally for surgery.

Giesecke was working at Parkland Hospital on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy was assassinated and Connally was struck while riding in the same vehicle. According to his son Martin Giesecke, his father recalled that the president didn’t flinch while he inserted heart probes into Kennedy’s skin.

Giesecke spent the majority of his career at Parkland’s neighboring University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he was chairman of the anesthesiology department from 1981 to 1992.

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