IHPI Research Seminar Series "Michigan Medicine at the Bicentennial: Some lessons of history for health policy"

Thu, February 15, 2018 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Event Details


Joel D. Howell, M.D., Ph.D.
Victor Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine
Professor of Internal Medicine, History, and Health Management & Policy


North Campus Research Complex (NCRC)
Building 10, Research Auditorium


Event Contact


Howell, Joel

This talk will trace the history of health care, education, and research at the University of Michigan.  It will emphasize the ways in which studying the process of change over time can help us make decisions about the future.

The IHPI Research Seminar Series is a lecture-based program designed to share innovative health services research topics, studies, and programs, with clinicians, faculty, research staff, and students from a variety of disciplines.

Reception and networking to immediately follow the presentation.

To record CME activity, visit www.umhscme.com using the following program ID: IHPI Research Seminar Series - 05182

Joel Howell, M.D., Ph.D., has been a faculty member at Michigan since 1984. In addition to being the Director of the Medical Arts Program, he is the Victor Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine, and a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine (Medical School), History (College of LSA), and Health Management and Policy (School of Public Health). He earned his MD from the University of Chicago and did his internal medicine residency at the University of Chicago. At the University of Pennsylvania he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. He completed his doctorate in the history and sociology of science at Penn with Rosemary Stevens as his thesis advisor.

Howell’s research interests focus on the history of medical technology and the medical humanities. He has written widely on the use of medical technology, examining the social and contextual factors relevant to its clinical application and diffusion, analyzing why American medicine has become so obsessed with the use of medical technology. He has recently published on the history of the fiberoptic endoscope and on diagnostic errors to be learned from a near-apocalyptic cold war miscalculation.

Recent projects have started to explore the history of medical education in Ethiopia and the history of cardiology in Brazil.  He is also writing on the history of human experimentation, on the use of children’s bodies for anatomic study in the early 20th study, and on ideas about heart attacks.

In 2013 he received the Nicholas E. Davies Award for Activities in the Humanities and History of Medicine from the American College of Physicians.  In addition to his medical publications, Howell is the author of “Washtenaw County Bike Rides”. Dr. Howell attends in both the outpatient and inpatient settings and regularly teaches in the Medical School and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts. 

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