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Health Care Hall of Fame

Abraham Flexner
Inducted in 1990

Abraham Flexner
1866-1959
Inducted in 1990


Abraham Flexner did the unthinkable. He forced 100 medical schools to close in the early part of the 20th century.

An outsider to the healthcare field as an educator, not a physician, Flexner was tasked with inspecting the 155 medical schools in the U.S. and Canada. Over the course of a year, he compiled information to produce his scathing report that found only that 39 institutions offered students an acceptable education.

Between 1917 and 1927, Flexner was able to raise $600 million to help build quality medical schools. When he died, a New York Times obituary said, “No other American of his time contributed more to the welfare of his country and of humanity in general."

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