Joe Vincent Meigs (1892-1963) was an American obstetrician and gynecologist
Affiliated with Harvard University (professor of gynaecology) and Massachusetts General Hospital (head of the department of gynaecology) throughout his professional career and authored more than 150 medical publications. Founding member of the Society of Pelvic Surgeons and vice president of the American College of Surgeons
Eponymously remembered for his description of Meigs syndrome in 1934, a triad of ascites with hydrothorax in association with benign ovarian tumor, that is cured after tumor resection.
- Born on October 24, 1892
- 1919 – Bachelor of Arts, Princeton University
- 1925 – Graduated in medicine, Harvard University
- 1932-1942 Instructor of surgery at the faculty of medicine, Harvard University
- 1942 – Professor of clinical gynaecology, Harvard
- Died 1963
Meigs syndrome (1934)
Triad of ascites with hydrothorax in association with benign ovarian tumor, that is cured after tumor resection.
- Joe Vincent Meigs’ Professor of Gynecology: professorship of gynaecology at Harvard (1959)
- Meigs JV. Fibroma of the ovary with ascites and hydrothorax, with a report of seven cases. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 1937; 33: 249-267. [Meigs syndrome]
- Meigs JV, Armstrong SH, Hamilton HH. A further contribution to the syndrome of fibroma of the ovary with fluid in the abdomen and chest: Meigs’ syndrome. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 1943; 46: 19-37.
- Navratil E. Joe Vincent Meigs. Acta cytologica, 1964; 8: 461-462.
- Baskett TF. Meigs, Joe Vincent (1892–1963) In: Eponyms and Names in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 3e. 2019: 276
- Bibliography. Meigs, Joe V. (Joe Vincent). WorldCat Identities
- Lurie S. Meigs’ syndrome: the history of the eponym. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2000 Oct;92(2):199-204
the person behind the name
Graduated from Leeds University in 2014 with MBChB and BSC in Primary Care. Qualified as a General Practitioner under RCGP in 2020. Currently working as an Emergency Department doctor in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia.
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