Founding Dean of the Medical School
1927 - 1961
DegreesBS Princeton, Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, MD Johns Hopkins (pediatrics);
Pediatrician and founding dean of the Duke Medical School, which opened in 1930. Chair of Pediatrics until 1954. He led the formation of the 65th General Hospital, a Duke hospital army unit that treated more than 17,000 casualties in England during WWII. His tropical disease research during WWII took him to Panama and Haiti. He visited Japan in 1951 as part of research with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission. Davison was an advocate for the creation of the National Library of Medicine and pre-paid medical care, which led to the establishment of North Carolina's Blue Cross plans, among the first in the nation. The Medical School's Davison Hall is named for him.
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