Deborah Doroshow, MD, PhD

Historian of Medicine
Medical Oncologist

Deborah Blythe Doroshow is a historian of medicine, mental health, and childhood. She received her PhD in history from Yale University and her MD from Harvard Medical School. Previous work has focused on insulin coma therapy in American psychiatry, the bedwetting alarm and its role in the history of child rearing, and state laws mandating premarital syphilis testing. Her work has been recognized with multiple awards, including the Richard C. Cabot Prize in the History of Medicine from Harvard Medical School, the Edwin W. Small Prize for outstanding work in American History from Yale University, the Jack D. Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Development Award from the American Association of the History of Medicine, and, most recently, the Harris Fellowship in Medical Humanities at the Sydney Social Sciences and Humanities Advanced Research Centre, University of Sydney. Her work has been published in Isis, the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine, and Pediatrics. She has also written in the Philadelphia Inquirer and has been interviewed by Slate on her historical work.

A practicing physician, Deborah is completing her fellowship in hematology and oncology at Yale University, where she is also an academic affiliate in the Section of the History of Medicine. In August she will be Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.