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Franz Joseph Ingelfinger

physician , educator.

Franz Joseph Ingelfinger, German physician, educator. Recipient Friedenwald medal American Gastroenterological Association, 1969; Distinguished Service to Medical Education award American Association Medical Colls., 1976; others; diplomate in gastroenterology American Board Internal Medicine (member subspecialty board gastroenterology 1966-1968).


Ingelfinger, Franz Joseph was born on August 20, 1910 in Dresden, Germany. Son of Joseph and Eleanor (Holden) Ingelfinger.


Brought to the United States, 1922, naturalized, 1931. Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1932. Doctor of Medicine Harvard, 1936.

Honorary Doctor of Science, Marquette School Medicine, 1970, Boston University, 1973, Massachusetts College Pharmacy, 1975, Rochester U. School Medicine, 1976, College Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey, 1977, Yale University, 1979, Mount Sinai School Medicine, 1979. Honorary Doctor of Laws, George Washington University, 1978.


Intern Boston City Hospital, 1937. Fellow Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, resident Boston City Hospital, assistant medicine, Harvard, 1938. Fellow gastroenterology, assistant medicine University of Pennsylvania Hospital, 1939.

Instructor medicine Boston University, 1940-1942, assistant professor, 1942-1945, associate professor, 1945-1958, professor medicine, 1958-1967, 1st Conrad Wesselhoeft professor medicine, 1961-1967, clinical professor medicine, 1967-1980. Director V and VI medical services Boston City Hospital, 1961-1967. Member of staff R. D. Evans Memorial Hospital, Boston, 1944-1980.

Visiting physician, chief gastrointestinal clinic U. Hospital, 1943-1967, member consultant staff, 1967-1980. Director Medical Foundation Inc., 1960-1964. Associate staff gastroenterology New England Center Hospital, 1957-1971.

Consultant gastroenterology Robert B. Brigham Hospital, 1960-1971, Boston Veterans Administration Hospital., 1952-1973, Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, 1955-1971. Distinguished physician VA, 1979. Fellow Institute Society, Ethics and Life Sciences, Hastings Center, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, 1974-1980.

Member advising committee on medicine Medical Research and Development Command, United States Army, 1963-1967. Nat. advisory council National Institute Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases, 1961-1965. Member of commission on enteric infections Armed Forces Epidemiological Board, 1966-1972.

Special consultant National Institutes of Health, 1966-1969. Nat. consultant to surgeon general United States Air Force, 1967-1970. Consultant Medlars committee National Library Medicine, 1967-1973.

Medical and science committee Massachusetts chapter Arthritis Foundation, 1967-1970, chairman research committee, 1968-1980, member Executive Board, 1969-1970, trustee, 1969-1980. Member biomedical communications study section Public Health Service, 1968-1972, chairman, 1970-1972. Consultant advisory panel system Bureau Drugs Food and Drug Administration, 1970-1975.

Member corporation visiting committee Massachusetts Institute Technology Department Medicine, 1976-1980. Trustee Tufts Medical Center Association Foundation, 1977-1980, University Hospital, Boston, 1977-1980.


  • Editor: Gastroenterology section, Year Book of Medicine, 1953-1969. Contributor articles, chapters medical publs.


Member of staff R. D. Evans Memorial Hospital, Boston, 1944-1980. Member advising committee on medicine Medical. Fellow Royal College Physicians, Institute Social, Ethics and Life Sciences.

Member American Medical Association (member advising committee medical science 1970-1976, chairman 1974-1975), American Society Clinical Investigation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Gastroenterological Association (Vice-President 1959-1961, president 1961-1962), Association American Physicians (Kober medal 1979), American Association for Study of Liver Diseases, Interurban Clinical. Clubs: St. Botolph, Aesculapian (Boston).; Member editorial board New England Journal Medicine, 1961-1967, editor, 1967-1977.

Member editorial board Disease-a-Month.


Married Sarah Shurcliff, August 23, 1941. Children: Joseph Abbott, Alice.

Joseph Ingelfinger

Eleanor (Holden) Ingelfinger

Sarah Shurcliff

Joseph Abbott Ingelfinger

Alice Ingelfinger