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Tulane University's Contributions to Health Sciences research and education: A Guide: Dr. Tobias G. Richardson

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


Dr. Tobias G. Richardson -  no. 1391

Dr. Tobias G. Richardson - 

Matas Library Photograph Collection, no. 1391


Dean, School of Medicine, 1865 - 1885
Chairman, Department of Surgery, 1871 - 1888
Chairman, Department of Anatomy, 1859 - 1871

Dr. Richardson led the medical school during the difficult post-Civil War years and brought it to national recognition. He supervised the transition of the medical department from the University of Louisiana to Tulane University of Louisiana. During this time, he served as the only physician on the Board of Administrators of the Tulane Education Fund, which oversaw Paul Tulane's Act of Donation creating Tulane University.

Dr. Richardson was the first to perform an amputation of both legs at the hip in which the patient made a complete recovery. He served as chief surgeon for the Confederate Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. Later, Dr. Richardson served as president of the American Medical Association (1877 - 1878), the first doctor from New Orleans to do so.

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