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educator , Endocrinologist , potter , sculptor

David Nelson Orth, American endocrinologist, educator, sculptor, potter. John and Mary R. Markle scholar, 1968-1973; Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, 1969-1975.


Orth, David Nelson was born on March 5, 1933 in East Orange, New Jersey, United States. Son of John Joseph and Marjorie Adelaide (Wauters) Orth.


Standard Chartered Bank in Chemistry, Brown University, 1954. Doctor of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, 1962.


Intern, Osler medical service, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1962-1963; fellow in medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 1962-1965; assistant resident, John Hopkins Hospital, 1963-1965; member of faculty department medicine, Vanderbilt University School Medicine, Nashville, since 1965; professor, Vanderbilt University School Medicine, since 1975; joint director endocrinology division department medicine, Vanderbilt University School Medicine, 1968-1981; director cancer research and treatment center, Vanderbilt University School Medicine, 1972-1977; director division endocrinology, Vanderbilt University School Medicine, 1984-1996. Scholar-in-residence Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio (Italy) Study and Conference Center, 1989. Visiting scientist Vollum Institute for Advanced biomedical Research, Oregon Health Sciences U., Portland, 1993-1994.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor numerous articles in field of endocrinology to medical journals.


Served with United States Navy, 1954-1957. Member American Association of University Professors, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American College of Physicians, Association American Physicians, American Society Clinical Investigation, Endocrine Society (secretary-treasurer 1989-1994, president 1997-1998), New York Academy of Sciences, American Federation Clinical Research, Southern Society Clinical Investigation.


Married Linda Diana D'Errico, June 9, 1979. Children by previous marriage: John Randall (deceased), Jennifer Stewart, Julie Thomas.

John Joseph Orth

Marjorie Adelaide (Wauters) Orth

Linda Diana D'Errico