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Indiana University School of Medicine


Upcoming History of Medicine Lecture (April 19 at 12pm)

The John Shaw Billings Society will be sponsoring (with HOM SIG, MHHS, and RLML) a history of medicine lecture next Monday, April 19 at 12pm.

Date/Time: April 19, 2021 at 12-1pm

Title: One Degree of Separation: John Malone Howard, MD, Father of Pancreatology

Speaker: Nicholas J. Zyromski, MD (Professor of Surgery, IUSM)

Description: John M. Howard, MD (1919-2011) was a giant in surgery and his many contributions include directing the U.S. Army’s MASH research unit during the Korean conflict and expanding this work to developing the U. S. Trauma Systems (for the latter, he was awarded the presidential Legion of Merit). Dr. Howard was an international leader and one of the fathers of pancreatology. His work with the pancreas included describing and highlighting the importance of gallstones in pancreatitis pathogenesis, and perhaps most notably his dedication and tenacity with pancreatic head resection. Dr. Nicholas Zyromski was fortunate to call Dr. Howard a mentor and friend; this talk will touch on some of Dr. Howard’s life highlights, including his passion for scholarship and lifetime lessons. This event is sponsored by the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society, IU School of Medicine History of Medicine Student Interest Group, IUPUI Medical Humanities & Health Studies Program, and the Ruth Lilly Medical Library.

Advanced registration is required:


The Medical Research and Library Building's north entrance is officially closed now due to courtyard renovation. Please use the west entrance (facing the Daly Center) until further notice. Duration of work is estimated to be through the end of July.