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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide
A-Z List of Notables
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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: A-Z List of Notables
Distinguished Tulane Medical and Public Health Faculty and Tulane Health Sciences Alumni. Selected highlights on their contributions to medical science.
A-Z List of Notables
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Jane Grey Rogers
Mary Louise Marshall
William Dosite Postell
Notable Tulane Faculty & Alumni - A-D
Roger Post Ames, M.D.
Tulane Class of 1890. Served with Walter Reed-Camp Lazear. Congressional Medal of Honor, 1929.
James E. Banta M.D., M.P.H.
Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1975 - 1987
Dr. Edward Hall Barton (1796-1859)
Dean, School of Medicine, 1836 - 1840
Dr. Elizabeth Bass (1876-1956)
Pioneer of Women in Medicine
Charles Cassidy Bass, M.D. (1875-1975)
Dean, School of Medicine, 1922 - 1940. Tulane Class of 1899
Paul Chester Beaver, PhD. (1905-1993)
Chairman, Department of Tropical Medicine (SPHTM), 1956 - 1976
Gerald S. Berenson, M.D.
Principal investigator of the Bogalusa Heart Study. Tulane (BS, 1943, MD, 1945). Director of the Tulane Center for Cardiovascular Health, 1992 -
George E. Burch, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Medicine, 1947 - 1975
Delmar R. Caldwell, MD
Professor and Chairman, School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, 1978-
Stanford Emerson Chaillé,M.D. (1830-1911)
Dean, School of Medicine, 1885-1908
Dr. Oscar Creech
Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1956 - 1968; Dean, School of Medicine, 1967
Dr. Harold Cummins (1893-1976)
"Father of Dermatoglyphics", Chairman, Department of Anatomy, 1933-1960
Michael E. Debakey, M.D.
The father of modern cardiovascular surgery: Benefactor, Alumni & Faculty (1908-2008)
Dr. Willey Denis
Chairman, Department of Biochemistry, 1925 - 1929
Dr. Vincent Derbes
Section Chief, Allergy and Dermatology, 1958 - 1978
Dr. Nicholas R. DiLuzio
Chairman, Department of Physiology, 1968
Dr. Oscar Dowling
Head of Public Health and Hygiene Section, 1919 - 1931
Dr. Isadore Dyer
Dean, School of Medicine, 1908 - 1920
Notable Tulane Faculty & Alumni - E-L
Anna Cherrie Epps, Ph.D.
Developed MEdREP in 1969. Former Associate Dean of Student Services.
Ernest Carroll Faust, Ph.D. (1890-1978)
Parasitology Research. Tulane's tropical medicine degree program
James W. Fisher, PhD
Professor and Chairman, Dept of Pharmacology, Tulane Univ School of Medicine, 1968-96
Dr. Ronald J. French
Carbon dioxide laser for tonsillectomies.
Dr. Grace A. Goldsmith
First Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, 1967-1973
Dr. Maurice Joseph Gelpi (1883-1939)
Inventor, Gelpi Retractor. Tulane graduate, 1909, Ob/Gyn Faculty.
Dr. Robert Galbraith Heath
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1949 - 1980
Dr. Louis J. Ignarro
Professor of Pharmacology, TUMC, 1973 - 1985
1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Joseph Jones, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Chemistry, 1869 - 1895 & President of the Board of Health of Louisiana,1880-1884
Dr. Foster M. Johns
Tropical Medicine Lab Assistant in 1912
Dr. Edward Krementz
Tulane Faculty - 1950 - 1988; Chief of Surgical Oncology - Director, Tulane Cancer Clinical Research Center
Dr. Maxwell Lapham
Dean, School of Medicine, 1945 - 1963
Dr. Ernest Sydney Lewis
The father of gynecology in Louisiana. Class of 1866-67. Professor of Obstetrics Gynecology and the Diseases of Children at the University of Louisiana. (1874-1935)
Dr. Charles Aloysius Luzenberg (1805-1848)
Dean, Medical College of Louisiana, 1835 - 1839
Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1835 - 1837
Notable Tulane Faculty & Alumni - M-Z
Dr. Rudolph Matas
"Father of Vascular Surgery" - Dr. Matas was a pioneer in surgery of the blood vessels, chest and abdomen. Professor of Surgery, 1895-1927
Dr. Norman E. McSwain, Jr. (1937-2015)
Trauma surgeon at Tulane and at Charity Hospital.
Dr. Charles Jefferson Miller
Head, Department Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1927-1936
James Albert Miller, Jr., Ph.D., D.Sc ( 1908 - 1994)
Chairman, Department of Anatomy, 1960 - 1972
Dr. William J. Mogabgab
Professor of Medicine, 1962-1992 , Section Chief, Infectious Diseases. Discovery of the first common cold virus.
Charles M. Nice, Jr. (1919 - 2002)
Founding Chairman Department of Radiology 1960-1985
Dr. Alton Ochsner, Sr.
Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1926 - 1956, Demonstrated the link between smoking and lung cancer.
Dr. Keith Reemstma
Tulane-1963 to 1964. Pioneer in Medical Transplants
Dr. Tobias G. Richardson
Dean, School of Medicine, 1865 - 1885. Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1871 - 1888, Chairman, Department of Anatomy, 1859 - 1871
Dr. John L. Riddell
Tulane Faculty, 1836 - 1865. Invention of the binocular microscope, 1852.
Dr. Robert F. Ryan
Medical Educator, programmed texts for surgical students
Dr. Andrew V. Schally
Chief of Section, Experimental Medicine
Nobel Laureate for Medicine or Physiology, 1977
Dr. Jorgen Schlegel
Chairman, Department of Urology, 1967 - 1983
Dr. Margaret H. D. Smith
Specialist in Infectious Diseases
Dr. Edmond Souchon (1841-1924)
Chairman, Department of Anatomy, 1885 - 1907
Dr. Warren Stone
Founder- Medical College of Louisiana (1836-1871)
Benjamin Bernard Weinstein, M.D. (1913-1974)
Founder of The Tulane University History of Medicine Society
History of Tulane's Health Sciences Departments - Suggested print publications
Baricos, William H. Biochemistry at Tulane Medical School: 1834-2010, Socirab Press, 2010
Includes chapters on Riddell, Joseph Jones, Willey Glover Denis and more.
Matas Library: WZ 24 B252 2011
Fisher, James W. History of pharmacology at Tulane : excellence in education, research and service, 1834-2004. [New Orleans, 2004]
Pharmacology as seen by Dr. Fisher and Dr. Carter. Faculty over the years, photos and biographical information. Includes a chapter on Louis J. Ignarro.
WZ 24 T82f 
Martin, Vivian Burch. The Celestial Society: a life in medicine. Xlibris Corp., 2010.
George Edward Burch, Jr., MD (1910-1986) & Charity Hospital. Tulane Cardiology.
WZ 100 B9467m 2010
History, 20th Century--United States.
Stearns-Drake, Jennifer S. The History of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. [New Orleans, 1995]
PDF: Chapters on many notable Tulanians including Drs Stone, Riddell, Matas, Burch and more.
Waring, William W. & Lennie Washington. Pro parvulis : on behalf of the little ones : a history of the Department of Pediatrics, Tulane Medical School, 1834-2003, [New Orleans, 2003.]
WZ 24 T82pe 2003
Zelhart, Matthew D. & Douglas P. Slakey. Innovation and perseverance : a history of the Tulane University Department of Surgery. [New Orleans, 2013].
Matas, Rudolph, 1860-1957, Tulane University. Department of Surgery--History , Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
WZ 24 In66 2013
Matas, Rudolph, 1860-1957.
Tulane University. Department of Surgery--History.
Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
A suggested list of books about Louisiana physicians & hospitals
Original version prepared with the suggestions from the Class of 1964. Updated 2015.
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