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Corner Society for the History of Medicine

Dr. George Washington Corner was the first professor of anatomy at the University of Rochester Medical School. In 1934 he organized a medical history club to provide opportunities to attend lectures and enjoy lively discussions on topics in medical history. He attracted speakers from all departments in the medical school, as well as members of the community who were knowledgeable in a wide variety of topics in medical history. The club was eventually named in his honor.

Today, The George Washington Corner Society for the History of Medicine, or simply “The Corner Society,” continues the tradition of bringing together stimulating speakers and groups of physicians, students and others with an interest in the history of medicine. 

The Corner Society offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy an evening of stimulating conversation and intellectual exploration of a wide range of topics in the field of medical history.

Lectures are held at the Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Avenue.  Each event begins with refreshments and a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome!

The fall 2021 meetings are:

September 22 – David Herzberg, U Buffalo
Race, Big Pharma, and the Surprisingly Long History of the Opioid Crisis

October 27  John Barry, Author of “The Great Influenza”
Historical Lessons from the Pandemic Flu

November 17  Stephen Vider, Cornell University
Coalitional Intimacies: HIV/AIDS and the Politics of Caregiving in the 1980s

To join the Corner Society or to donate, visit

Mical Raz, MD PhD and Bob Riley, MPH. are the co-chairs for the 2021-2022 academic year.

For more information, please contact Christine Donnelly at