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Marjorie Greta Lewisohn

Portrait of Marjorie Greta Lewisohn
Marjorie Greta Lewisohn
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Date: 1994
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 39.5 x 29 in.
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Marjorie Greta Lewisohn

1918-2006

Lewisohn, an alumna and benefactress of the School of Medicine, was born in New York City. Her family has a long history with Johns Hopkins, and her grandfather, Adolf Lewisohn, had endowed a research fellowship in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute in 1929.

Lewisohn received her B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1940. She came to Baltimore to study at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating in the M.D. class of 1943. She then spent six years at the New York City Bellevue Hospital treating tuberculosis patients. Lewisohn worked for many years as a staff physician at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and also taught at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center, as a clinical instructor from 1955 to 1966, and then as a clinical professor until her retirement some 30 years later.

Lewisohn’s practice focused on internal medicine and diseases of the upper respiratory tract. She recognized early the importance of outpatient medicine, evidenced by her establishment of the Marjorie Lewisohn Professorship in Ambulatory Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1989.

In 1971, Lewisohn became the first woman elected to the board of trustees of The Johns Hopkins University, and she received one of the earliest School of Medicine Distinguished Alumna Awards in 1977. Since 1950, Lewisohn donated a total of over $300,000 to Johns Hopkins. She bequeathed to the School of Medicine a Matisse painting from her inheritance of the collection amassed by her father and grandfather to support her professorship. After this gift, she met frequently with members of the medical faculty, especially John Stobo, to discuss the future of ambulatory teaching. 

Lewisohn maintained her private practice until 1999, when she retired at the age of 80.

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