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Kenneth Ludmerer, MD
Kenneth Ludmerer, MD

    Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer is professor of medicine and a professor of history at Washington University in St. Louis where he has won awards for his outstanding bedside teaching and practice of internal medicine. Dr. Ludmerer received an AB from Harvard College and an MA and MD from The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Following medical school he did a residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis and graduate work in history at Harvard.

    Other past positions held by Dr. Ludmerer include: American College of Physicians teaching and research scholar 1980-83; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation faculty scholar in general internal medicine 1981-86; research grants 1986-92; Macy Foundation research grant 1989-94; Spencer Foundation research grant 1992-95. Dr. Ludmerer is also present or past member of the editorial boards of the following: Bulletin of the History of Medicine, Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, History of Education Quarterly, Pharos, Annals of Internal Medicine, Academic Medicine, and American Journal of Medicine.

    He is best known for his work in medical education and health care policy, authoring books about the creation and evolution of American medical education (Learning to Heal and Time to Heal).  He received the Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges for this work.

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