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Jeffrey S. Reznick
Chief, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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I joined the National Library of Medicine in November 2009, following my tenure as director of the Institute for the Study of Occupation and Health of the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. Previously, I served as senior curator of the National Museum of Health and Medicine of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and as Executive Director and Senior Research Fellow of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund.

My record of scholarly historical research is as extensive as my executive career in the national nonprofit sector. As a social and cultural historian of medicine and war, I authored two books, both published by Manchester University Press in its Cultural History of Modern War series, as well as numerous book reviews, articles for the popular press, and entries in major reference works. Besides holding active membership in several professional historical associations, including the American Historical Association and American Association for the History of Medicine, I am a member of the University of Birmingham’s Center for First World War Studies and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

I have lectured nationally and internationally on a variety of historical and contemporary health subjects. During the past decade I offered dozens of presentations to academic and non-academic audiences alike at healthcare professional meetings and institutions including Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center of Fort Sam Houston, Harvard University, The Johns Hopkins University’s Institute of the History of Medicine, London’s Imperial War Museum, University of Barcelona, University of London’s Institute of Historical Research, Smith College, Smithsonian National Museum of American History, and Villanova University. Complementing these public presentations are numerous interviews with national and regional press, including The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Washingtonian Magazine, and WUSA Channel 9 News of Washington, DC.

In the trajectory of my career in academe and the non-profit sector, I have served as an adviser to a number of organizations including the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Howard University Public Health Council, and The Polus Center for Social and Economic Development’s Disability Leadership Institute in Léon Nicaragua, an initiative funded by the Patrick Leahy War Victims Fund and The Pan-American Health Organization. I am also a former member of the board of the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, having served that nonprofit organization for nearly seven years before joining the staff of the NLM.

A native of Rochester, NY, I live in Rockville, Maryland, with my wife and two daughters.


  • Doctor of Philosophy in History, Emory University
  • Master of Arts in History, Emory University
  • Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science, University of Rochester (Magna Cum Laude / Phi Beta Kappa)

Broad Speaking Topics

  • History of Science
  • National Institutes of Health

Specific Speaking Topics

  • History of Medicine
  • History of Military Medicine
  • History of Veterans with Disabilities
  • Medicine, War, and and Philanthropy


  • High School (Grades 9-12)
  • College, University
  • Profession Association
  • Seniors
  • Special Interest Community (i.e., Church or Club) or Social Organization
  • Nongovernmental Organization
  • Other

Location and Travel

  • Arlington, VA
  • FairFax, VA
  • Loudoun, VA
  • Prince William, VA
  • District of Columbia
  • Anne Arundel, MD
  • Baltimore, MD
  • Calvert, MD
  • Carroll, MD
  • Charles, MD
  • Frederick, MD
  • Howard, MD
  • Montgomery, MD
  • Prince George's, MD
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