Visiting Speaker Series


Every autumn a distinguished medical historian is invited to Western University to deliver a public lecture to medical students and faculty as well as interested members of the London community. The lecture series was established in 2015 through the generosity of a donor impressed with the engagement and quality of medical student presentations in the history of medicine at the spring History of Medicine Colloquium at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. In this spirit, this funding further bolsters medical student engagement with the history of medicine by bringing leading scholars to Western, significantly adding to the intellectual community and educational experience of students.

Past Speakers

  • 2019 - Dr. Scott Podolsky, MD Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard University
    "The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics"

    Photos and information on the 2019 lecture available here.

  • 2018 - Dr. Susan Reverby, McLean Professor Emerita in the History of Ideas and Professor Emerita of Women's and Gender Studies at Wellesley College. 
    "Insights into the unusual and revolutionary journey of Dr Alan Berkman (1945-2009)"

    Photos and information on the 2018 lecture available here.

  • 2017 - Dr. Jeffrey Baker, Director of the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities and History of Medicine, Professor of Pediatrics and History of Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC.
    "Autism and Its Transformations The History of a Contested Diagnosis"

    Photos and information on the 2017 lecture available here.

  • 2016 - Dr. Jacalyn Duffin, Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine, Queen's University
    "The Stethoscope at 200: A Revolutionary Device now Obsolete?"

    Photos and information on the 2016 lecture available here.

  • 2015 - Prof. Dale C. Smith, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
    "Caring for the Wounded: How the Great War Medical Experience Shaped Post-War American Surgery"

    Photos and information on the 2015 lecture available here.