Dr. Michael J. Neuss is thrilled to join the faculty of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health, with a focus on hospital medicine. He completed medical school at Duke University and residency at Vanderbilt University. Prior to medical school, he took a PhD in history at Columbia University. Specific areas of interest were the history of science and medicine, as well as early modern European history. A Richard Hofstadter fellowship supported his doctoral studies. The focus of his dissertation was William Harvey's description of the systemic circulation of blood (ca. 1620s). Dr. Neuss's current research is on the early history (ca. 1960s-1970s) of what we now call the electronic health record. His interest in the history of medicine also extends to a number of smaller educational projects around the school of medicine, as well as extramural commitments including participation on the editorial committee for the journal CHEST’s new “Humanities in Chest Medicine” section.
Beginning in the fall 2021 semester Dr. Neuss and Dr. Laura Stark (Department of Medicine, Health, and Society) will be co-instructing a history of medicine seminar for third- and fourth-year medical students. Drs. Neuss and Stark will also be supervising medical students who are pursuing research in the history of medicine. Students interested in the elective or research in the history of medicine are encouraged to contact Dr. Neuss directly with questions.
Dr. Neuss also has broad interests in medical education and quality improvement. He was the editor-in-chief of the inaugural edition of Vanderbilt’s internal medicine residency handbook, which provides specific, systems-based guidance for residents (and especially new interns) on clinical practice at VUMC and the Nashville VA. A web version is available at http://www.VIMBook.org.
1) Neuss MJ, “Blood Money: Harvey’s De motu cordis (1628) as an Exercise in Accounting” British Journal for the History of Science 51, no. 2 (2018): 181-203.
2) Neuss MJ, ed. Commodore Compendium: Vanderbilt Internal Medicine Residency Handbook, Inaugural Edition. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Medical Center; 2019.
3) Borst AJ, Sudan DL, Wang LA, Neuss MJ, Rothman JA, Ortel TL. Bleeding and thrombotic complications of pediatric liver transplant. Pediatr Blood Cancer; 65, no. 5 (2018).
4) Neuss MJ, Holland TL. Digital ischaemia after intra-arterial drug injection. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Sep 25;2017.