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Dr. Lucile Hutaff

Dr. Lucile Hutaff
Dr. Hutaff in the lab.

During her 29 years of service at Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Dr. Hutaff became the first full-time female faculty member in 1945. She started her tenure here in 1943 as a resident. In 1948, she was made instructor of medicine and associate professor of preventive medicine and internal medicine in 1952 and seved in the capacity until 1955. She then served as professor of preventative medicine from 1964 to 1970 and professor of community medicine from 1970 to 1972. She retired in 1972.

Besides teaching, Dr. Hutaff served as director of Student Health Services for 21 years; chairperson of Department of Preventative Medicine and Genetics 1953 through 1955 and 1963; and section of Preventive Medicine from 1964-1970.

Dr. Hutafff attained a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1934. She attended UNC Chapel Hill for one year and received her medical degree from the University of Rochester (New York) in 1940. She was an intern at Baltimore City Hospitals for two years and a fellow in medicine for one year at Vanderbilt University before coming here.

Her research was in blood coagulation disorders with a focus on hemophilia. She believed the best care she could give her patients was to teach how to avoid illness. Her commitment to this ideal led her to facilitate the development of the Department of Preventive Medicine.

In her oral history, Dr. Hutaff talks about: departments of preventative medicine and community medicine; student health service; Ethel Nash; Behavioral Sciences; public health; hematology; C. Nash Herndon; Manson Meads.

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