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Physician , consultant

Hugh Rodman Leavell, American physician, consultant. Recipient Lemuel Shatuck medal, 1961; Prentiss award in health education, 1963. Diplomate National Board Medical Examiners, member, 1948-1954; certified American Board International Medical, 1937, certified American board Preventive Medicine. Director National Health Council, president, 1955-1956, director National Advisory Mental Health Council 1950-1952.


Leavell, Hugh Rodman was born on November 17, 1902 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Son of Hugh Nelson and Harriet Virginia (Rodman) Leavell.


Bachelor of Science, University of Virginia, 1925. Doctor of Medicine Harvard, 1926. Doctor P. H., Yale, 1940.


; children—Hugh Nelson, Barbara, Rodman. Married second, Esta Carter Holt, November 22, 1958. Intern, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 1926-1927, Presbyterian Hospital, New York, 1927-1928.

Interne Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, 1928-1929, assistant resident, 1929-1930. Private practice, Louisville, Kentucky, 1930-1937. Instructor, Johns Hopkins Medical School, 1929-1930.

Instructor, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 1930-1934, professor public health, head of department, 1938-1945. Lecturer in public health, Yale Medical School, 1942. Professor public health practice, Harvard School of Public Health 1946-1963.

University physician, University of Louisville, 1930-1934. Director of health, Louisville, Kentucky, 1934-1942. Director of health, Louisville and Jefferson County Health Department, 1942-1945.

United States Public Health Service Reserve, from 1942, medical director, 1949-1967, active duty, 1944-1945, deputy director Health European Regional Office United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Assistant director div. for medical sciences The Rockefeller Foundation, 1945-1946, board consultant medicine and public health, 1952-1954. Member public health advisory committee W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 1944-1951.

Consultant on health Ford Foundation, India, 1956-1957, 59, from 1963. Then consultant Virginia Department Health and Department Preventive Medicine, Medical College of Virginia until 1976.


  • Other Work

    • Co-author text book

    • numerous medical articles.


Member public health advisory committee W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 1944-1951. Member board directors, Louisville Community Chest, budget committee, 1939-1945. Member board directors United Community Services of Metropolitan Boston, 1949-1953, chairman div. health, 1949-1951.

Fellow American College of Physicians, American Public Health Association (member Executive Board and governing council 1943-1954, chairman of the executive board, 1948-1952, president 1953-1954). Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, Medical Services Committee, Commission Organisation Executive Branch Government, 1948-1949, 1953-1954. Member Massachusetts Medical Society, Southern Medical Association (secretary, section of public health, 1940-1942, chairman, 1942-1944), Massachusetts Public Health Association (president 1962-1963), Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, Delta Omega, Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Tau Delta, Phi Rho Sigma.

Mason (32 degree, Shriner). Clubs: Lancet.


Married Barbara Peace Hazard, June 24, 1924 (deceased.; married second, Esta Carter Holt, November 22, 1958. Children: Hugh Nelson, Barbara, Rodman.

Hugh Nelson Leavell

Harriet Virginia (Rodman) Leavell

Barbara Peace Hazard

Esta Carter Holt

Hugh Nelson Leavell

Barbara Leavell

Rodman Leavell