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February 2005

To Leave Any Place Better Than I Found It: Irwin M. Freedberg, MD

Author Affiliations


Arch Dermatol. 2005;141(2):279-280. doi:10.1001/archderm.141.2.279

WHY DERMATOLOGY: After developing hepatitis and having a splenectomy in medical school, he was advised to seek a “less stressful” specialty. The irony is that as a dermatologist, he “has worked harder than he might have had as an internist.”

PROVIDENCE: Boston, Mass.

MEDICAL SCHOOL; DERMATOLOGY RESIDENCY: Harvard; Massachusetts General Hospital.

MAJOR INFLUENCES: His parents taught him to be giving and dedicated; his father was a clothing manufacturer. An uncle, a cardiologist, was a role model who taught him how to write grants. Tom Fitzpatrick, his chair of dermatology at Harvard, was a major influence; their first encounter was at a grand rounds conference in which they elbowed each other to see a patient (each not knowing who the other was).