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Each class is divided into 4 groups, named after 4 physicians of historic importance and renown.  The societies are a central focus of small group learning and professional development throughout the four years of medical school.

Harvey Society


William Harvey (1578 – 1657) English physician, best remembered for correctly describing the circulation of blood through the heart. In 1628, he published Exercitatio Anatomica de Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus (An Anatomical Exercise on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Living Beings), a review of his careful observations, measurements, and remarkable experiments.

He subsequently was named physician to King Charles I.

Office A-167 

  • Mary Dolan MD, MPH
  • Nancy Fajman MD, MPH
  • Gary Freed DO
  • Bijal Shah, MD
  • William Branch MD
  • Molly Eaton MD
  • George Mathew MD
  • Louis Rapkin MD

Semmelewis Society

Semmelewis Ignaz Semmelweis (1818 – 1865) Viennese obstetrician/gynecologist.  Iconoclast and advocate for women’s health, he correctly described the infectious cause of Puerperal Fever (now known to be Streptococcal post-partum infection).  Despite considerable scorn from his peers, he proved that hand washing saves lives; he is remembered as “The Saviour of Mothers.”

Office P-186 

  • Lisa Bernstein MD
  • Wendy Armstrong MD
  • Jonathan Flacker MD
  • Kimberly Manning MD
  • Daniel Dressler MD, MSCR
  • Karen Law, MD
  • Jason Liebzeit MD
  • Jason Schneider MD

Lister Society


Joseph Lister (1827 – 1912) British surgeon.  Deploring the high incidence of post-surgical wound infection and death from post-operative sepsis, Lister deduced that these diseases were preventable.  A meticulous surgeon and scientist, he applied Semmelweis’ and Pasteur’s observations to clinical practice, and used carbolic acid solutions to clean wounds, clean surgical instruments, and to clean surgeon’s hands. A shy and unassuming man, his initial work was met with indifference; his persistence and eventual vindication resulted in the development of surgery into a life-saving and safe medical practice.

Office P-185 

  • Nicolas Krawiecki MD
  • Joyce Doyle MD
  • Clifford Gunthel MD
  • Joshua Wallenstein MD
  • Lisa Flowers MD
  • Andrew Furman MD
  • Stacy Higgins MD
  • Michael M. Johns III MD

Osler Society


Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919) Canadian physician. Brilliant clinician-scientist, Osler transformed the organization and curriculum of medical education, emphasizing the importance of clinical experience and applied science.  Osler's textbook Textbook of Medicine was well-written, comprehensive, scholarly, and set the standard for subsequent medical texts.  Osler was famous for many aphorisms which are still as cogent today as when he first introduced them: “To study medicine without reading textbooks is like going to sea without charts, but to study medicine without dealing with patients is not going to sea at all.”

Office A-168 

  • Mary Jo Lechowicz MD
  • Emily Herndon MD
  • Joseph Hilinski MD
  • Laurence Sperling MD
  • Samantha Brown-Parks MD, MPH
  • Manuel Eskildsen MD, MPH
  • Noble Maleque MD
  • Donald Batisky, MD