V. H. Cornell

Virgil Heath Cornell


Born: 29 November 1890, Brooklyn, New York

Died: 3 June 1954, Washington, D.C.

Academic Degrees

  • MD: Long Island College of Medicine, 1913
  • Honorary Dr. Public Health: Harvard University, 1943

Academic Positions

  • 1950 - 1954 Professor of Pathology, George Washington Medical School, Washington, D.C. and private practice of pathology in Washington, D.C. and Alexandria, Virginia

Military Service

  • 1917 - 1941 Medical Corps, USA; Pathologist and Chief of Laboratory Service; Ancon Hospital, Canal Zone; Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, California; Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C.
  • 1941 - 1943 Director, Caribbean Area Laboratory
  • 1943 Commanding Officer, 15th Medical General Laboratory

Military Assignments

  • 1933 - 1935 Curator, Army Medical Museum

Selected Career Highlights

  • He was instrumental in modernized museum exhibits.

  • Decoration: Legion of Merit, WWII.

  • Author of numerous articles and contributions to the literature of pathologic anatomy and clinical pathology.

  • A renowned teacher of pathology and a champion to younger medical officers training in pathology.


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