WILLIAM OSLER PROFESSORSHIP IN MEDICINE
Established in 1978 by the estate of J. Earl Moore in memory of William Osler

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library SIR WILLIAM OSLER, one of Hopkins' four founding doctors, served as physician-in-chief and professor of medicine. He was a proponent of the close integration of the hospital with the instruction of students in the School of Medicine--a model emphasizing teaching at the bedside that he pioneered at Johns Hopkins. Through lectures and his landmark textbook, first issued in 1892, Principles and Practice of Medicine, he had a tremendous influence on both clinical practice and medical education in America. During the 14 years he spent at Hopkins, Dr. Osler revolutionized the medical curriculum of the United States and Canada, ushering in the era of scientific medicine and creating policies and programs that have endured. Dr. Osler was a skilled diagnostician, a generalist who believed physicians should be knowledgeable in a broad range of specialties. He did seminal work in hematology. He also published amusing and inspiring essays and speeches, still popular among physicians. Perhaps his most lasting legacy was his vision of how a physician ought to be: skillful and competent, yet approachable and compassionate.

 

J. EARLE MOORE, a prominent Baltimore internist and pioneer in the chemotherapy of syphilis, was director of the Syphilis Clinic at Johns Hopkins. It was through Dr. Moore's advocacy and recommendation to the medical board at the hospital that African-American physicians were first admitted for postgraduate work at Hopkins. The Moore Clinic at Johns Hopkins, which in recent years has assumed a major role in the treatment of HIV, was named in his honor.

 

MYRON L. WEISFELDT, A&S 1962, Med 1965, the William Osler Professor of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Medicine, has had a long and productive history at Hopkins. Dr. Weisfeldt in 1972 was named the director of the Peter Belfer Laboratory for Myocardial Research, and in 1975 became the director of the Division of Cardiology. He was named the Robert L. Levy Professor of Cardiology in 1979. In 1991, he left Hopkins for Columbia University, where he was the Samuel Bard Professor of Medicine and director of the Department of Medicine. He returned to Hopkins in the fall of 2001. Internationally known for his research in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, as well as for his work in cardiovascular aging and acute coronary artery disease, he is past president of the American Heart Association. Dr. Weisfeldt holds four patents, is the author of more than 200 research papers.