Howard Atwood Kelly at 1408 Eutaw Place


Born in Camden, New Jersey in 1858, Howard Atwood Kelly attended the University of Pennsylvania graduating with a bachelor's degree in 1877 and his M.D. in 1882. In 1889, he became the first professor of gynecology and obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University launching a 30-year career at the school.

Kelly is remembered - along with William Osler, Professor of Medicine, William Stewart Halsted, Professor of Surgery, and William H. Welch, Professor of Pathology - as one of the "Big Four" founding professors at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was called a "wizard of the operating room" and was an early user of radium to treat cancer.

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Howard Atwood Kelly, 1922

Photograph of Howard Atwood Kelly by Doris Ulmann, 1922.

Image courtesy A book of portraits of the faculty of the Medical Department of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore by Doris Ulmann (1922), Internet Archive, bookofportraitso00ulma.

Howard Atwood Kelly, 1877

Photograph of Howard Atwood Kelly as a young man by Blessing and Co., ca1877.

Image courtesy University of Pennsylvania, Office of Alumni Records Biographical Records, UARC20070227012.


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Eli Pousson, “Howard Atwood Kelly at 1408 Eutaw Place,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed August 27, 2014, http:/​/​explore.​baltimoreheritage.​org/​items/​show/​103.​
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