FORT WAYNE FIVE: Important medical figures

Allen Steere: A professor of rheumatology at Harvard, Steere is a leader in the study and identification of Lyme disease. Originally from Fort Wayne, Steere studied at Yale and, along with colleague Stephen Malawista, is credited with the discovery and naming of Lyme disease, a topic that he has published just under 200 scholarly articles about since 1977. While working at the Tufts School of Medicine in Massachusetts, Steere led the research effort for the vaccine Lymerix.
Jane Henney: Shown here in the Oval Office of the White House in 1998 with President Bill Clinton, Henney was the first woman to serve as commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as appointed by Clinton. A native of Woodburn, Henney attended Manchester University, Indiana University and University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She served with the FDA from 1992-1994 and then from 1998-2001. In 2003, she was named the University of Cincinnati's senior vice president and provost for health affairs.
Susan Smalley: An active member of the field of behavioral genetics, Smalley grew up in Fort Wayne before heading off to the University of Michigan and then studying at UCLA and the the University of California. Over time working at UCLA after graduation, Smalley focused in on ADHD, where her lab produced more than 40 publications on the disorder. After being diagnosed with early state melanoma in 2002, Smalley went on to to found the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and is the co-author of "Fully Present: The Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness." She resides in Los Angeles with husband, Kevin Wall, another former Fort Wayne resident.
Leonard Scheele: The seventh Surgeon General of the United States, Scheele was appointed to the position by President Harry Truman in 1948 and also stayed in the role under President Dwight Eisenhower until 1956. Born in Fort Wayne in 1907, Scheele attended the University of Michigan and spent many years on the medical side of military locations. From 1943-1945 her earned the rank of lieutenant colonel and specialized in health-related governance in occupied territories with the Medical Department of the Army. After his time as surgeon general, Scheele traveled to Cuba on behalf of President John F. Kennedy during the failed Bay of Pigs Invasion. He died in 1993 at the age of 85.
Alice Hamilton: She spent a privileged childhood in Fort Wayne in the 1870's and eventually enrolled at the University of Michigan in 1892 after studying anatomy at Fort Wayne College of Medicine the prior year. Hamilton went on to become a leader in the fields on industrial toxicology and occupational health. An activist for women's rights and peace, Hamilton became an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School in 1919 and later served as president of the National Consumers League from 1944-1949. She died in 1970 at the age of 101.

Fort Wayne has been home to many important and famous figures over time. But these five men and women have made and/or are still making a major impact on the medical field worldwide.


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