Thomas Jefferson University
Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Department of Medicine

History

The Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University has a rich history dating back to the 1800s. In 1824, Dr. Joseph Klapp, along with just four other Jefferson faculty, applied for a charter from Jefferson Medical College to start a Department of Medicine. Dr. Klapp was named the Professor of Theory and Practice and would become the first chairman of the department. Dr. Klapp, an 1805 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, had a large practice and was one of the physicians to the Philadelphia Almshouse Infirmary. Since Dr. Klapp, Jefferson’s Department of Medicine has had many influential chairmen, including Dr. John Revere, son of revolutionary patriot Paul Revere; Dr. Robley Dunglison, who would go on to become the Dean of the Medical College; and Dr. Jacob M. DaCosta, a pioneer in the field of Cardiology. Jefferson’s Department of Medicine grew and by 1985 the Department Chairman, Willis C. Maddrey, had 475 Faculty Members in 3 Divisions, 88 Residents, two Chief Residents, and 30 Fellows.  

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Gregory C. Kane, MD
(2011- Present Day)

Recent Chairs

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Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD
(2002-2011)

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Robert L. Capizzi, MD
(1996-2000)

The Department occupied five floors in the College Building and was assigned 219 teaching beds in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, with additional medical teaching arrangements in ten affiliated Hospitals. Research grants totaled over $8 million. Today, Jefferson’s Department of Medicine still shines, with many nationally ranked departments, patient centered physicians, and excellent teachers.

Department of Medicine Chairs
1996 - 1891

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Jose F. Caro, MD
(1992-1996)

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Willis C. Maddrey, MD
(1982-1991)

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Frank D. Gray, Jr., MD
(1976-1981)

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Robert I. Wise, MD, PhD, ScD
(1959-1975)

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William A. Sodeman, MD, SeD, LRD
(1957-1958)

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John E. Deitrick, MD
(1952-1957)

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Hobart A. Reimann, MD, ScD
(1936-1951)

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Thomas McCrae, MD
(1912-1935)

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James Wilson, MD
(1891-1911)

Chairs: 1891 - 1824

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Jacob M. DaCosta, MD
(1872-1891)

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Samuel H. Dickson, MD
(1858-1872)

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John K. Mitchell, MD
(1841-1858)

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John Revere, MD
(1831-1841)

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Daniel Drake, MD
(1830-1831)

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John Eberle, MD
(1824-1830)

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Joseph Klapp, MD
(1824)