DescriptionBorn 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.