Merel Harmel: Portrait of an Anesthesiology Pioneer

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(Abstracted from Anesth Analg, 122:539–541, 2016)

Merel Harmel, MD, was the first resident in Anesthesiology at Johns Hopkins, and he was the first anesthesiologist to give anesthesia for a palliative congenital heart operation (the Blalock-Taussig procedure) performed by Alfred Blalock, MD. Moreover, during his career that spanned several decades, he was the first academic department chairman at 3 different universities: Albany Medical College, the State University of New York Downstate in Brooklyn, and the University of Chicago.

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