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Biography--Mitchell W. Spellman, MD, PhD, Dean, College of Medicine, 1968-1977

Mitchell W. Spellman, MD, PhD.

(December 1, 1919 --November 11, 2013)

Founding Executive Dean, Dean College of Medicine, Professor of Surgery, Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, 1968-1977.

Written as part of a series entitled, "CDU Stories," in recognition of the University's 50th anniversary in 2016, Dr. Spellman's biography is below:




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1: Gibbons RD, Duan N, Meltzer D, Pope A, Penhoet ED, Dubler NN, Francis C, Gill
B, Guinan E, Henderson M, Ildstad ST, King PA, Martinez-Maldonado M, McLain GE,
Murray J, Nelkin D, Spellman MW, Pitluck S; Institute of Medicine Committee.
Waiting for organ transplantation: results of an analysis by an Institute of
Medicine Committee. Biostatistics. 2003 Apr;4(2):207-22. PubMed PMID: 12925517.

2: Spellman MW. The human genome: cause to remember our humanity. Genet Med. 2002
Nov-Dec;4(6 Suppl):66S-67S. PubMed PMID: 12544492.

3: Folk FS, Spellman MW, Hoffler OW. Stenosing small bowl ulceration. Apparently
secondary to enteric-coated potassium chloride. J Natl Med Assoc. 1969
Jul;61(4):315-8 passim. PubMed PMID: 5306265; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2611754.

4: Spellman MW, Mandal A, Freeman HP, Massumi RA. Successful repair of an
arteriovenous fistula between the superior mesenteric vessels secondary to a
gunshot wound. Ann Surg. 1967 Mar;165(3):458-63. PubMed PMID: 6019939; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC1617519.

5: Spellman MW. The physician in the Great Society. J Natl Med Assoc. 1966
Sep;58(5):362-7. PubMed PMID: 5331532; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2611115.


6: BALKISSOON B, HERR ES, SPELLMAN MW. Measurement of blood volume and
hepatocellular function by a simple and rapid method utilizing Rose Bengal I-131.
Ann Surg. 1963 Apr;157:494-500. PubMed PMID: 13966127; PubMed Central PMCID:

9: ORTIZ EA, SPELLMAN MW, KMLKIN ML, LAUREY KC. The use of transplants of the
colon in the treatment of esophageal carcinoma. J Natl Med Assoc. 1962
May;54:325-30. PubMed PMID: 14482401; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2642267.

10: Spellman MW. The Need for New Construction at Freedmen's Hospital. J Natl Med
1961 Mar;53(2):202-3. PubMed PMID: 20894010; PubMed Central PMCID:

11: BALKISSOON B, SHELTON TG, SPELLMAN MW. The rapid determination of plasma
volume with a simultaneous estimation of excretory liver function in patients by
the Rose Bengal dye (tetraiodo-tetrabrom-fluorescence) method. Ann Surg. 1958
Apr;147(4):505-14. PubMed PMID: 13521665; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC1450635.

12: HAWTHORNE EW, BROWNLEE GV, SPELLMAN MW. Prophylaxis against acute pulmonary
edema and death in dogs with aortic insufficiency following renal artery
constriction afforded by prior construction of an atrial septal defect. Am J
1956 Jun;185(3):479-82. PubMed PMID: 13339976.

13: BALKISSOON B, SPELLMAN MW, HAWTHORNE EW. Blood volume, intracellular and
extracellular fluid spaces in normal dogs and in dogs with ascites secondary to
severe tricuspid insufficiency. Am J Physiol. 1956 Feb;184(2):282-6. PubMed PMID:

14: SPELLMAN MW, ROTH FE, BLANK L, LILLEHEI CW. Effects of somatotropic hormone
(STH) and saline on mice exposed to total-body irradiation. Cancer. 1955
Jan-Feb;8(1):172-8. PubMed PMID: 13231049.

15: SPELLMAN MW, CARLSON JC, LILLEHEI CW. The effects of testosterone propionate
and testosterone cyclopentylpropionate upon morbidity and mortality in mice
following lethal total-body irradiation. Cancer. 1954 May;7(3):617-21. PubMed
PMID: 13160946.