Bachelor in History, College Wooster, 1973. Master of Arts in History of Technology, University Delaware, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in History of Technology, University Delaware, 1981.
Intern, part time guide Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, 1974—1980, assistant to director, 1980. Associate curator Dittrick Medical History Center (formerly Dittrick Museum Medical History), Case Western University, 1981, curator, 1982—1998, chief curator, since 1999. Adjunct assistan professor, history department Case Western Reserve University, 1981—1998, faculty, School Medicine, since 1988, adjunct associate professor, history department, since 1998.
Faculty advisor Case Western Reserve University Soccer Team. Member of Medical Collectors Association, Northeast Ohio Inter-Museum Council (delegate since 1981, trustee 1984-1986, since 2000), Ohio Academy Medical History (vice president 1997-1999, president 1999—2001), Handerson Medical History Society (secretary-treasurer since 1981, president 1994-1996), Society for History of Technology, European Association Museum of the History of Medical Sciences (adjunct secretary general since 2004, American liaison), American Association for History of Medicine (member publications committee 1991-1995, council member since 2006), International Council on Museum, University Museum and Collections, Medical Museum Association (membership secretary 1985-1992, co-founder 1986, vice president 1987-1989, president 1989-1991).
Married Christine Edmonson. Children: Jack, Patty.