Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: Dr. Maurice Joseph Gelpi

Distinguished Tulane Medical and Public Health Faculty and Tulane Health Sciences Alumni. Selected highlights on their contributions to medical science.


Maurice Joseph Gelpi (1883-1939) was a Tulane School of Medicine  graduate of 1909.  He served as a resident at Charity Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology (1909-1911) .  Dr. Maurice Joseph Gelpi, FACS (MD 1911 Tulane) was later hired as Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery on Sept. 21, 1925 in the Graduate School of Medicine. He was promoted to Professor of Clinical Surgery on 6/14/1927, re-appointed annually, until he resigned on 6/23/1931.   Dr. Gelpi was active in the Orleans Parish Medical Society, serving as the President in 1926.  He was also the editor of the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal during its first year under state ownership, 1922-1923.  He is known for the development of a self-retaining perineal retractor, now known as the Gelpi retractor (Originally made by V. Mueller & Co, 1911).

  • Gelpi, MJ.(1913) A new self-retaining perineal retractor. New Orleans Med Surg J. 66:182-183.
  • Gelpi MJ. (1916) A useful hysterectomy clamp. JAMA 66:113.
  • Obituary. Conduct rites for M.J. Gelpi, ex-medical head. The Times-Picayune. (08-11-1939):6.  
  • [Dr. Maurice J. Gelpi] Named Surgeons at Charity Hospital. The Times-Picayune. (11-19-1916):1.


 Image: Gelpi, MJ.(1913) A new self-retaining perineal retractor. New Orleans Med Surg J. 66:182-183.

Maurice Joseph Gelpi, M.D. (1883-1939)

OPMS President Photos:Images of the Past Presidents and Founders 1878-1999. Dr. M.J. Gelpi, 1926

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.