Burrill Bernard Crohn

Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884 - 1983)

Burrill Bernard Crohn (1884 – 1983) was an American gastroenterologist.

He is eponymous with Crohn disease

  • Born 13 June 1884 in New York, United States of America
  • 1902 – Obtained B.A. degree from City College of New York
  • 1907 – Obtained medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • 1907 – Commenced internship in pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
  • 1917 – Member of the American Gastroenterological Association
  • 1920 – Appointed the first gastroenterology head of department at Mount Sinai Hospital
  • 1946 – Consultant in gastroenterology at Columbia University
  • Died 29 July 1983 in New Milford, Connecticut

Medical Eponyms
Crohn’s disease (1932)

1932 – Crohn et al delivered a classic paper with the first clear and comprehensive description of regional ileitis, which the authors segregated from the heterogeneous group of ‘benign granulomas of the intestine’.

Crohn himself referred to the disease as terminal ileitis and was reluctant to accept the eponymous association.

Burrill B. Crohn Research Foundation

Key Medical Attributions

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Eponymous terms

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