The Department of Medical History and Bioethics dates back to 1950, when the University of Wisconsin Medical School created a Department of the History of Medicine, the second department of its kind in the country. The Program in Medical Ethics has been an integral part of the department since its founding in 1973.

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Leadership changes for the Department!

Susan E. Lederer has stepped down from her duties as Department Chair after 14 years and returns full-time to the faculty.  Richard C. Keller has been named Interim Department Chair.  A national search is underway and we are accepting applications until November 27, 2022 or until the position is filled.  Applicants may apply here.

We welcome two new faces to the department as of July 1, 2022!

Dana Landress, Assistant Professor and Nicole Senter, Department Administrator.

Assistant Professor Karola V. Kreitmair has received the 2022-23 Marie S. Curie FRIAS COFUND Fellowship in Freiburg, Germany.

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Associate Professor Nicole C. Nelson receives 2022-23 Vilas Associates Competition award.

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Recently Published Faculty Books!

Empire of Rubber: Firestone’s Scramble for Land and Power in Liberia, Gregg Mitman. (The New Press, 2021).

The Gray Zones of Medicine: Healers and History in Latin America, Edited by Diego Armus and Pablo Gómez. (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2021).

Cannabis: Global Histories, Edited by Lucas Richert and James H. Mills. (Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2021).

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Associate Professor Pablo Gómez receives H.I. Romnes Fellowship for 2021-22.

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