The C.F. Reynolds Medical History Society is one of the largest regional history of medicine societies in the U.S., with a diverse membership that includes several past and present members of the History of Medicine faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Among its activities, the Society sponsors an annual lecture series and an annual prize for the best research paper by a medical student.

Please refer all questions about the Society and its programming to Jonathon Erlen, PhD, at or 412-648-8927.

Membership Form PDF

2017–2018 Schedule of Lectures

All lectures will be held in Lecture Room 5, Scaife Hall, University of Pittsburgh, at 6 p.m.  A dinner for members and their guests in the 11th floor Conference Center, Scaife Hall, will follow each lecture.

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017
"Does a Surgeon, John Collins Warren, Deserve the Credit for the Discovery of Anesthesia?"
Douglas Bacon, MD, MA
Professor and Chairman
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson, Mississippi

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017
25th Annual Sylvan E. Stool History of Medicine Lecture
"The West Virginia Model for Medical Licensing in the United States and Some of its Unintended Consequences."
James Mohr, PhD
Distinguished Professor of History
University of Oregon

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
"The History of Surgical Education in America: Past, Present, and Back to the Future."
Joseph Losee, MD
Ross H. Musgrave Professor of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
University of Pittsburgh-Children's Hospital
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018
7th Annual Jonathan Erlen History of Medicine Lecture
"Triumph over Typhus in World War II."
Gregory Anstead, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, Texas

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2018
30th Annual Mark M. Ravitch History of Medicine Lecture
"Artificial Hearts: A Controversial Medical Technology and Its Sensational Patient Cases from Barney Clark to Dick Cheney."
Shelley McKellar, PhD
Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine
University of Western Ontario

Recordings of past lectures