October 18, 2014
The 4th Annual McClellan Lecture was October 18, 2014, at Chism Auditorium on the campus of Whitman College. Our speaker for this lecture was John Leonard, MD. The title of Dr. Leonard’s McClellan Lecture was: Finding the Person in the Patient.
John Leonard is a faculty physician-educator in the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his medical degree from Vanderbilt in 1967, and then completed two years of residency training at the Yale-New Haven Medical Center, followed by two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer with the Center for Disease Control. Dr. Leonard returned to Vanderbilt in 1971, where he completed his residency in Internal Medicine, and served as the Hugh J. Morgan Chief Resident in Medicine before pursuing subspecialty training in Infectious Diseases.
Since joining the faculty in 1974, Dr. Leonard has practiced general internal medicine, and has regularly served as a faculty attending on the inpatient medicine service and as a consulting physician in infectious diseases. From 1983 to 2003, he was Director of the Residency Training Program in Internal Medicine, and in this capacity provided oversight of the Core Medicine Clerkship for 3rd year medical students. More recently, he has directed the Physical Diagnosis course for 2nd year students, their introduction to clinical medicine.
Over the course of his career Dr. Leonard has nurtured the professional development of a great many students and residents, and has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards at Vanderbilt. The School of Medicine Alumni Association honored him with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012, on which occasion it was remarked that: “Dr. Leonard is one of Vanderbilt’s most loved teachers by both medical students and Internal Medicine residents, who demonstrates by his personal integrity, high academic standards, and most of all by his compassionate demeanor, what it means to be a Vanderbilt physician.”
Video of the lecture: