Lewis Atterbury Conner (1867-1950) was an American cardiologist.
Conner was a pioneer in public health cardiology, cardiac rehabilitation, and cardiac psychology
Founding president of the New York and American Heart Associations (AHA). Founder of the American Heart Journal, America’s first medical subspecialty journal.
Conner devoted his career to the Oslerian tradition of scholarship, leadership, and organization in the quest for improved patient care.
- Born 1867 New Albany, Indiana
- 1887 – Bachelor of Philosophy, Yale University
- 1890 – MD, College of physicians and surgeons Columbia University
- 1890-1892 Intern, New York Hospital
- 1896 – Attending physician, New York Hospital
- 1916-1932 Chairman of Medicine, New York Hospital and Cornell University Medical College
- 1924 – First president of the American Heart Association
- 1925-1937 Editor-in-chief, American Heart Journal
- Died 3 December 1950
- February 1951 publication of Circulation (1951;3(2):163-318) dedicated to the memory of Lewis A Conner
- Lewis A. Conner Memorial Lecture
- Conner sign (1926) – dullness to percussion in the right lower posterior lung field associated with pericardial effusion
Key Medical Attributions
- Conner L. Biot’s breathing. Am J Med Sci 1911;141:350–360
- Conner LA. Cardiac diagnosis in the light of experiences with army physical examination. Am J Med Sci. 1919; 158: 773–782
- Conner LA. On the diagnosis of pericardial effusion: With special reference to physical signs on the posterior aspect of the thorax. American Heart Journal. 1926;1(4):421–433 [Conner sign]
- Barr DP. Lewis Atterbury Conner, 1867-1950. Circulation. 1951;3(2):163
- Fisher J. Lewis A. Conner – Cornell’s Osler. Circulation. 2000;102:1062-1067
- Liebson PR. Lewis Atterbury Conner: cofounder of the American Heart Association. Hektoen International Journal. 2013;5(2)
- Wooley CF. Lewis Atterbury Conner. Clinical Cardiology 2007;30:257-259.
- Wooley CF. Lewis A. Conner, MD (1867–1950), and lessons learned from examining four million young men in World War I. Am J Cardiol. 1988 Apr 15;61(11):900-903. [PMID 3281430]
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