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Werner Forssmann Society

The mission of the Werner Forssmann Osler Society is to foster ingenuity, courage, and commitment in all members of our society, school and community.

Faculty Mentors
  • Jack Alperin, M.D. (Osler Scholar, emeritus)
  • John Bauer, M.D.
  • Michael Boyars, M.D. (Osler Scholar, Coordinator)
  • Oscar Brown, M.D.
  • Lindsay Sonstein, M.D.
Student Mentors
  • Orlando Esparza, SOM3
    Alexandria Harrison, SOM3
    Julian Jones, SOM3
    Katherine Kerr, SOM3
    DeKrisha Kyle, SOM3
    Husayn Ladhani, SOM4
    Maranatha McLean, SOM3
    Ann Nguyen, SOM3
    Ha Nguyen, SOM3
    Juan Razo, SOM3
    Casey Sharpe, SOM3 (Osler Student Scholar)
    Alyssa Shell (MD/PhD), SOM4 (Osler Student Scholar)
    Christopher Zimmermann, SOM3

Roster of Members

The roster of the Werner Forssmann Student Society members is available here.
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Werner Forssmann
Werner Forssmann
Werner Forssmann (1904-1979) was born and educated in Berlin, Germany. He developed the first technique for cardiac catheterization, and tested the technique on himself to prove it worked. In 1929, he put himself under local anesthetic and inserted a catheter into his own arm. Not knowing when the catheter might pierce a vein, he risked his own life and was able to pass the catheter into his own heart. He shared the Nobel Prize in Medicine with Andre Cournand and Dickinson Richards in 1956 for his contribution in developing the technique of cardiac catheterization.


A Way of Life

The vision of the Osler Student Societies is to provide developing physicians insight into "A Way of Life", described by Sir William Osler, not through formal lecture, but through the guidance of mentors in contact with students within and outside their academic setting.

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