Hundreds of P&S faculty members have mentored thousands of medical and graduate students, and, through discovery and clinical practice, have saved or improved the quality of life of untold numbers of patients.
Our clinicians and researchers stand among the founding figures of perinatology, pediatrics, interventional cardiology, bone marrow transplantation, plastic surgery, pediatric heart transplantation, vascular surgery, and many other fields and subspecialties of medical practice and scientific inquiry. P&S faculty have expanded our knowledge and treatment of numerous diseases, including diphtheria, cystic fibrosis, Addison’s disease, sickle cell disease, meningitis, and Huntington’s disease. Many of these pioneers have received the Nobel Prize along the way.
Looking back on P&S’s first 250 years, we find our faculty in interesting places in history. Did you know that...
- During the War of Independence, one of our own headed up the Continental Army’s hospitals in the fight against the British, while during World War II, another would help England set up its first blood bank?
- Our medical school’s founder and first dean also served as George Washington’s personal physician?
- The 19th-century faculty included political revolutionaries in exile from Europe?
- A P&S professor took care of Alexander Hamilton (now Broadway’s most popular figure) after his fatal duel with Aaron Burr?
From the modern era, some of our illustrious faculty include:
- Allen O. Whipple, who developed “the Whipple” surgical procedure to treat pancreatic cancer.
- Balbina Johnson and Frank L. Meleney, who discovered the topical antibiotic Bacitracin.
- Erwin Chargaff, whose rules about base pairing in DNA paved the way for the discovery of the DNA double helix.
- Arthur B. Voorhees Jr., who introduced the prosthetic vascular graft that launched the era of modern vascular surgery.
- Virginia Apgar, who developed the “Apgar Score,” the standard protocol for assessing newborn health.
Watch the video below to learn more.