Norman Gevitz, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair of the
Department of Social Medicine


Norman Gevitz, Ph.D.
Department of Social Medicine
Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine
302 Grosvenor Hall
Athens, OH 45701

740 593-4695 phone
740 593-1730 fax




1980, PhD, Sociology, University of Chicago;

1971, MA, Political Science;

1970, BA, Political Science, New York University


Work Experience:

1997-present  Department of Social Medicine, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

1985-1997      Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago

1980-1985      Social Science Department, Illinois Institute of Technology


Current projects, research and grants: Current research includes a book and articles on the origins of American medicine in New England during the 17th and early 18th centuries, and articles on the past, present and future of the osteopathic medical profession. Recent grants and awards for these projects include the following:

  • A NIH (National Library of Medicine) research grant on the Origin of American Medicine (2003-2005)
  • The WBH Dowse Fellowship in American History, Massachusetts Historical Society (1995-96)
  • A Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Contract for a publication on osteopathic medicine (1994-95)
  • A National Endowment for the Humanities research grant on the Origins of American Medicine (1993-95)


Current/Recent Curricular Offerings:

Lectures and Problem Sets in:

  • Medical Ethics
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • History of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Social Medicine

PCC and CPC Small Group Case Facilitation (2nd year Medical students)

Health Policy Fellowship Facilitator (graduate osteopathic physicians)


Publications & presentations: Professor Gevitz is the author and editor of three books and over 40 articles, chapters and other publications. He is author of The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982, 1991 pbk, 2004 2nd ed); editor of Other Healers: Unorthodox Medicine in America (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1988); and co-editor of Beyond Flexner: Medical Education in the 20th Century (Westport: Greenwood Press, 1992). His most recent articles include: “’The Devil Hath Laughed at the Physicians’: Witchcraft and Medical Practice in Seventeenth Century New England” Journal of the History of Medicine 55(2000):5-36 and “’Researched and Demonstrated’: Inquiry and Infrastructure in Osteopathic Institutions” Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 101(2001):174-179.


Professor Gevitz gives numerous presentations around the country to a variety of medical and historical associations. He is a frequent guest at both osteopathic and allopathic medical schools.



1997     Distinguished Public Service Medal, Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

1996     Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

1995     Walter F. Patenge Medal of Public Service, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

1995     Phillips Medal of Public Service, Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

1995     Honorary Doctorate of Laws, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

1991     Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific



American Association for the History of Medicine

American Institute for the History of Pharmacy

Archivists & Librarians in the History of the Health Sciences

American Osteopathic Medicine (Honorary Lifetime member)


Other Activities:
Member of numerous college and professional committees

  Ohio University
College of Osteopathic Medicine
Grosvenor Hall, Athens, Ohio 45701
740-593-4694  Fax: 740-593-1730
Last updated: 11/19/2007