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Lawson Wilkins Professorship of Pediatric Endocrinology

School of Medicine

Established in 2006 with gifts from several donors in honor of Lawson Wilkins

WilkinsLawsonLAWSON WILKINS, Med 1918, founded the first pediatric endocrine clinic in the world at the Harriet Lane Home in Baltimore in 1935. It was during this time that he began to direct his attention to the relationship of endocrinology to human growth. In 1946 he discontinued his private practice of 25 years to devote all of his time to research and teaching pediatric endocrinology. His book, The Diagnosis and Treatment of Endocrine Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence, is internationally accepted as the authoritative text in its field. His investigations of 1940-41 on cholesterol metabolism in hypothyroidism remain classic and valid observations of importance in the study of pediatric endocrine disorders. Dr. Wilkins was a member of numerous medical societies throughout the world and brought to pediatrics a solid foundation for the understanding of endocrine disorders and the rational employment of hormonal therapy. He died in 1963 and is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth McMaster.