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Department of Psychiatry Faculty

Photo: Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D.

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Primary Programs/Services:
Substance Abuse


  • Ph.D. (History of Science, Medicine and Technology), The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1989-1994
  • M.D. (cum laude), University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1982-1986
  • A.B. (summa cum laude in English Literature), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978-1982

Clinical Interest:

  • Addiction
  • Substance Abuse
  • Alcoholism

Research Interest:

  • History of Addiction and Substance Abuse in the U.S.
  • History of Children and Pediatrics in the U.S.
  • History of Epidemics and Public Health in the U.S., with particular attention to immigration and American urban history
  • History of Genetics in the U.S.

Academic Appointment:

  • George E. Wantz Professor of the History of Medicine
  • Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
  • Professor of History
  • Professor of Health Management and Policy
  • Professor of Psychiatry, Medical School
  • Director, Center for the History of Medicine

Recent or Representative Publications:

  • Markel, H.: When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed. New York, Pantheon Books/Alfred A. Knopf Books, 2004
  • “Who’s On First?” Medical Discoveries and Scientific Priority. New England Journal of Medicine 2004; 351(27):2792-2794
  • The Accidental Addict. New England Journal of Medicine 2005; 352(10):966-968
  • Stern, A.M., Markel, H.: International Efforts to Control Infectious Diseases, 1851 to the Present. Journal of the American Medical Association, 2004;292:1-7

Personal Links:

Center for the History of Medicine