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Frederick Robbins
Case Western Reserve, 1995-96

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine Dean Emeritus Frederick C. Robbins shared the 1954 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for his work on growing polio virus in culture, which led to the development of both the Sabin and Salk vaccines against poliomyelitis. Robbins received his B.A. from the University of Missouri and earned his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. In 1952, he joined the faculty at Western Reserve University School of Medicine and, from 1966-1980, served as dean of the School of Medicine at CWRU. He then served five years as president of the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., returning to CWRU in 1985. Robbins serves on the board of international health of the Institute of Medicine, and co-chairs the vaccine action program between the U.S. and India. He also is chair of the International Commission to Certify Eradication of Poliomyelitis from the Americas and a member of the Commonwealth Caribbean Medical Research Council. Robbins is active in many professional organizations and has served on many boards, councils, and committees for local and national governmental, medical and educational organizations. His many awards include the Abraham Flexner Award for Medical Education from the Association of American Medical Colleges, and numerous honorary degrees.


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