Lutz, Frank J., Vertical File


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Lutz, Frank J., Vertical File



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Frank J. Lutz played a significant role in advancing the field of surgery in the state of Missouri. A St. Louis native, Lutz was born on May 24, 1855, and earned his BA from St. Louis University in 1873. He received his MD from St. Louis Medical College in 1876. Shortly after completing his studies, Lutz became an instructor in clinical surgery at St. Louis Medical College and then professor of surgical pathology and dean at Beaumont Medical College. He later joined the faculties of St. Louis University School of Medicine as chair of surgery and Washington University School of Medicine as chair of clinical surgery. In addition to his academic appointments, Lutz served as chief of surgery at Alexian Brothers Hospital and Josephine Hospital in St. Louis and as a staff member at the Barnard Free Skin and Cancer Hospital.

Lutz's service to the state of Missouri stemmed from a number of important appointments. During his tenure with the Missouri State Board of Health between 1893 and 1897, he strove to elevate the standard of Missouri medical education. Lutz was appointed surgeon general of the state of Missouri from 1886 until 1904 and president of the Missouri State Medical Association in 1887. Back in St. Louis, he was the catalyst behind the 1899 establishment of the St. Louis Medical Library, for which he served as librarian and trustee until 1913. In addition, he organized the St. Louis Surgical Society and in 1889, headed the St. Louis Medical Society. Lutz was also a prominent member of the American Medical Association and served as a trustee of that organization from 1910 until his death in 1916 from heart disease.

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See also St. Louis Medical College, 1876; See also St. Louis Obstetrical and Gynecological Society files; See also William Beaumont, files.

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