New Exhibition! Dr. Henry Heimlich: Maneuvering His Way into Medical History

President Ronald Reagan. New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Actress Elizabeth Taylor. The Heimlich maneuver is credited with saving the lives of these and many others since its invention by Dr. Henry Heimlich in 1974. Although he is best known for the anti-choking maneuver that became synonymous with his name, Dr. Heimlich created many medical procedures and devices throughout the course of his career.

Heberden Society Lecture


The New York Academy of Medicine, Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health and The Heberden Society, Weill Cornell Medicine, present
Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, Hunter College, City University of New York 

Losing Hamilton, Saving New York: Dr. David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Early Republic

Heberden Society: Dale Smith: World War I

Dale C. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Military Medicine & History, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, will present the next Heberden society lecture on "American Medicine Supports the Great War: Base Hospitals, Staffing and Practice" on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 5:00 p.m.  The lecture will be held at Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Avenue, Uris Faculty Room (A-126), New York, NY 10065.

Charlotte D. Jacobs to present Heberden Society Lecture December 7, 5pm

Charlotte D. Jacobs, M.D., Ben and A. Jess Shenson Professor of Medicine (Emerita), Stanford University, will present the next Heberden society lecture on Wednesday, December 7, 2016, at 5:00 pm.

Jonas Salk: American Hero, Scientific Outcast

Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:00 p.m.
Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Avenue
Uris Faculty Room (A-126)

Welcome to Our New Website

We welcome you to explore our new website!  

Looking for histories of the medical center, your department, or other institutions, please visit our History of the Institutions and History of the Medical Center sections.  The new History of the Medical Center section contains a brief history of the establishment of the medical center, departmental timelines, and timelines highlighting medical discoveries and buildings.

Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer to present joint Heberden/Medical Ethics Seminar April 13, 5pm

Please note the change from our usual venue!

The Heberden Society and the WCMC Division of Medical Ethics jointly present:

Kenneth M. Ludmerer, MD

Professor of Medicine

Mabel Dorn Reeder Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine

Washington University School of Medicine

Residency Training in America: Past, Present, Future

Wednesday, April 13, 2016, 5:00 pm

Dr. C. Ronald MacKenzie to present Heberden Society Lecture March 1, 5:00pm

C. Ronald MacKenzie, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College

Attending Physician, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Chair in Ethics and Medicine and Attending Physician, Hospital for Special Surgery

Taming the Tiger: Gout's Illustrious History

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 5:00 p.m.

Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Avenue

Uris Faculty Room (A-126)