Dr. Frank Stahnisch

Hannah Chair in the History of Medicine at the University of Calgary

In 2008, Frank Stahnisch, who trained as a medical doctor as well as in the history of medicine and the philosophy of science, was appointed the Professorship at the University of Calgary.

Frank’s expertise lies in a number of areas, such as the history and philosophy of laboratory-based research in Western medicine, the long history and theory of the nerve and brain sciences, as well as the history of public mental health and psychiatry.  He has presented his work at national and international conferences and is widely published on the history of experimental biomedicine and the neurosciences. His most recent book is Medicine, Life and Function – Experimental Strategies and Medical Modernity at the Intersection of Pathology and Physiology (2012).

Frank works with students in the Department of History, Faculty of Arts, and the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, which offer a graduate program in the History of Medicine and Health Care. One of his  greatest forums is the internationally recognized annual History of Medicine Days Conference, which sees over 300 students from across Canada present abstracts and posters on the history of medicine and healthcare.

Previous Professors: Dr. Peter Cruse (1995-1998); Dr. William Whitelaw (1999-2008)