ISHA 2017 Invited Speaker Biographies


Robert J. Allison PhD

Robert J. Allison is a professor of history at Suffolk University, where he has received three teaching awards, and also teaches at the Harvard Extension School. His books include A Very Short Introduction to the American Revolution (2015), A Short History of Cape Cod (2011), A Short History of Boston (2004), Stephen Decatur: American Naval Hero (2004), and The Crescent Obscured: The United States and the Muslim World 1776-1815 (2000). He also produced "Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies," for The Teaching Company's "Great Courses" (2009).He has also produced two free, on-line courses: "The U.S. Constitution: A Biography" and "The History of Boston" .
He earned his doctorate at Harvard (History of American Civilization) and his undergraduate degree at the Harvard Extension School. He is on the Board of Trustees of the USS CONSTITUTION Museum, is president of the South Boston Historical Society, vice president of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and an honorary member of the Society of the Cincinnati.

George S. Bause MD, MPH

After studying natural philosophy at Scotland's University of Edinburgh and biophysics at Pennsylvania's Ursinus College, Dr. Bause earned his M.P.H. (Epidemiology) and M.D. in Baltimore from Johns Hopkins. While training there in anesthesiology, he drafted America's first fellowship in geriatric anesthesiology (1984-85, NIH-Hopkins). Following seven years in New Haven, Dr. Bause left Yale as an associate professor to serve as the Whitacre Director of Anesthesiology Education at the historic Huron (Road) Hospital and a clinical associate professor at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
During the last 35 years, Dr. Bause has curated not only anesthesia departmental museums (Johns Hopkins and Yale) but also, since 1987, the ASA's Wood Library-Museum of Anesthesiology (WLM). Dubbed the "Indiana Jones of Anesthesia Antiquities," he has shipped or hand-carried rare items back to the WLM from all seven continents. A guest editor of Anesthesia & Analgesia and founding deputy editor of the Journal of Anesthesia History, Dr. Bause is an associate editor and the "Anesthesiology Reflections" author for the journal Anesthesiology. While serving simultaneously on the Anesthesia History Association Council and the American Academy of the History of Dentistry Executive Board, Dr. Bause was elected the president of the Academy of Anesthesiology and the 2016 Laureate of the History of Anesthesia.

David Jones MD, PhD

Trained in psychiatry and history of science, David Jones is the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine at Harvard University. His research has focused on the causes and meanings of health inequalities (Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600) and the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics (Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care, 2013). He has also published widely in the New England Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences. He will soon complete two other projects: an analysis of the evolution of coronary artery surgery, and a history of heart disease and cardiac therapeutics in India.

Scott Podolsky MD

Scott Podolsky is a Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, and a primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has co-authored Generation of Diversity: Clonal Selection Theory and the Rise of Molecular Immunology(1997), authored Pneumonia before Antibiotics: Therapeutic Evolution and Evaluation in Twentieth-Century America (2006), co-edited Oliver Wendell Holmes: Physician and Man of Letters (2009), and most recently authored The Antibiotic Era: Reform, Resistance, and the Pursuit of a Rational Therapeutics (2015).