Dr. Jack McConnell is a physician, scientist, and humanitarian who served as corporate director of advanced technology at Johnson & Johnson. Widely acknowledged for his medical contributions, he directed the development of the TB Tine Test to detect tuberculosis, participated in the early development of the polio vaccine, supervised the discovery of Tylenol, was instrumental in developing MRIs, and helped write enabling legislation to map the genome. Following retirement, he created Volunteers in Medicine, which gives retired medical personnel a chance to volunteer at free clinics for the working uninsured and underinsured. McConnell’s visionary concept has inspired over 40 community health care clinics in less than 10 years, one of those being the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
McConnell became well known in the 1990s among fans of his son Page McConnell’s band Phish for his frequent stage appearances. After an inspired performance with the popular rock band Phish at the famed New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dr. Jack McConnell familiarized himself with the New Orleans music scene and later, with the help of a coalition of local music advocates and medical professionals through the LSUHSC, set his sights on creating a “safety net” or health care resource for the musicians of New Orleans. In 1998, he founded the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic alongside Johann and Bethany Bultman, partnered with the LSU Health Care System foundation.