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Health Care Hall of Fame

Gerhard Hartman
Inducted in 1991

Gerhard Hartman
1911-1998
Inducted in 1991


Hartman devoted most of his life to management, education and research.

“The Old Man,” as many former students referred to him, became the director of the University of Iowa hospital in 1946. Over his tenure at Iowa, Hartman trained nearly 500 master’s degree and doctoral students; 20 of his graduates would eventually become heads of graduate programs in hospital administration in other universities. Under his leadership, Hartman broadened the scope of the hospital’s research programs.

A year later, the university became the first in the nation to offer a doctorate degree in hospital administration.

One of his former students once said, Hartman was “one of the greatest minds that we’ve had in the health sector (who also has) an extraordinary capacity to persuade.”

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