Medical College of Wisconsin LEADERSHIP THROUGH THE YEARS

A. Hamilton Levings, M.D.

1893 - 1913


Alfred Hamilton Levings, MD, was born near Rockford, Illinois on August 24, 1847. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1872 and began practice in Janesville, Wisconsin. He soon moved to Appleton and established a flourishing practice. He spent three years in Europe studying surgery. In 1890 and 1891 he served as mayor of Appleton, but moved to Milwaukee before completing his term. He was a founder of the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons and served as its President for twenty years. He was also Professor of Principles and Practice of Surgery and Clinical Surgery and became Professor of Surgery at the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1913. He served as Chief of Surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital for many years. Levings was the author of several books and was a founding member of the Wisconsin Surgical Association. He died on March 4, 1918 at the age of 71.

A. Hamilton Levings, M.D. (MCW Archives)

Annals of Surgery. 1917 65(6): 747-750.

Louis Francis Jermain, M.D.

1913 - 1926


Louis Francis Jermain was born on October 10, 1867 on a farm in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin. He attended Oshkosh Normal School and then taught until the age of 24, saving his earnings until he had enough money to go to medical school. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School in 1894. He returned to Wisconsin to enter practice in Milwaukee and joined the faculty of the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons and later the faculty of the Milwaukee Medical College. Jermain became the first dean of the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1913 and held the position until 1926. He served as the Director of the Department of Medicine for two years after resigning as Dean. He continued to serve on the Board of Trustees until his death in 1935.

Louis F. Jermain, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"[Louis Francis Jermain's] tenure as Dean, marked by several crises, saw the medical school firmly established as an academic institution with a healthy endowment, looking toward an optimistic future."

- Norman Engbring, M.D.

An Anchor for the Future (pg. 53)

"The only real reward to the physician is the consciousness of duty well performed, of services efficiently rendered, and the confidence and respect of his colleagues."

Louis F. Jermain, M.D.

Presidential Address,Wisconsin State Medical Society


1926 - 1928

After Jermain resigned from the deanship in 1926, Eben J. Carey, M.D. was appointed Acting Dean. A position he held until 1928.

Bernard F. McGrath, M.D.

1928 - 1933


Dr. McGrath was born in the state of Massachusetts on December 25, 1869. He attended Georgetown University for his A.B. degree in 1894 and an M.D. degree in 1895. A second M.D. degree was conferred on him by Harvard University in 1906. He served as visiting surgeon in Massachusetts for a time and then moved to the Mayo Clinic in 1909 as the Director of Experimental Surgery, Supervisor of Autopsies and Assistant Pathologist. Dr. McGrath joined the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1915 as the Director of Surgical laboratories and Professor of the Principles of Surgery. He served on the Administrative Board from 1921 to 1925. McGrath was appointed Dean in the summer of 1928, a position he held until 1933.

Bernard F. McGrath, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"McGrath was a good lecturer and an effective teacher. Undoubtedly the most significant achievement during his tenure as dean was the completion of the Cramer building. "

- Norman Engbring, M.D.

An Anchor for the Future (pg. 66, 72)

Louis F. Jermain Portrait Unveiling, 1929 (MCW Archives)

Eben J. Carey, M.d.



Dr. Carey was born July 31, 1889 in Chicago, Illinois. After graduating from St. Vincent High School in Los Angeles California he took premedical studies at the University of California at Berkeley in Oakland from 1910- 1912. After one year of medical School there he moved to John C. Creighton University in Omaha Nebraska and received a BS degree in 1916, an MS degree in 1918 and an MSc degree in 1920. During those years he taught anatomy there and accepted a position as Professor and Director of Anatomy at Marquette University School of Medicine, while completing his medical training. In 1924 he graduated from Rush Medical College of the University of Chicago with an M.D. degree. After an internship at Chicago’s Presbyterian Hospital he devoted full time to his position at Marquette University School of Medicine Department of Anatomy. He was the first Internal Medicine specialist in Wisconsin. He was appointed Dean of Students from 1921 to 1928. In 1933 Dr. Carey was appointed Dean of the Marquette University School of Medicine, a position he held until 1947. Dr. Carey received multiple awards and honors and participated in many organizations. He was Medical Exhibits Director for both the Chicago World's Fair in 1933 and the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry from 1934 until his death as well as the president of both the Milwaukee Medical Society and the Milwaukee Academy of Medicine. After a short bout of viral hepatitis, Dr. Carey died in 1947.

Eben J. Carey, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"By the promotion of health, a tremendous civic obstacle will be overcome and the way will be paved for future generations. The importance and the precedence of seeking medical advice will be passed on, gathering force as it proceeds. In this way only will prevention, which is the ultimate goal of medicine, be achieved."

-Eben J. Carey, M.D.

Wisconsin Medical Journal. 1934 33: 456

Wisconsin Medical Journal. 1934 33:445-458.

John S. Hirschboeck, M.D.



Dr. Hirschboeck was raised in Milwaukee. He entered Marquette University in 1930 earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration. Because of the influence of his sister, a Mary Knoll nun and a medical graduate of Marquette, and his uncle, a physician practicing in Duluth Minnesota, he decided on a career in Medicine. He graduated from Marquette University School of Medicine in 1937. During his student days he was one of the founders of the Marquette Medical Journal which he served as the Business Manager. The Journal was published continually until 1969. Dr. Hirschboeck interned at the Milwaukee County General Hospital and then entered private practice. The lure of research in Hematology brought him back to the School. An M.S. degree was granted from the graduate school in 1941. WWII called him to Navy duty in Guam and the west coast. He returned to private practice in Milwaukee where he remained close to the medical school. In 1947, when Dean Eben J. Carey died suddenly, he was asked to assume the duties of Dean. Dr. Hirschboeck served in that position from 1947 to 1965. These years were pivotal for the School. There were financial difficulties, the recruitment of full time faculty, the planning and construction of a new Basic Science Building, the development of a Medical Center and construction of the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital on the Milwaukee County Grounds. He resigned his position of Dean in 1965 to devote full attention to these developing changes to the medical health of Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

John S. Hirschboeck, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"Hirschboeck's tenure as Dean was marked by the amazing growth and development of a large, well balanced faculty and much strengthened academic programs."

- Norman Engbring, M.D.

An Anchor for the Future (pg. 182-183)

JAMA. 1948 136(2): 90-95.

Gerald A. Kerrigan, M.D.



Dr. Kerrigan was born in the city of New York in March, 1920. After graduating from Harvard University with a B.S. degree in 1943 he entered the Medical School there, graduating in 1946. He completed a pathology internship at Boston Children’s Hospital and then spent two years in the U. S. Navy. Dr. Kerrigan returned to Massachusetts for a residency in Pediatrics followed by a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Massachusetts General Hospital. An appointment on the Harvard Medical School faculty was received. He moved to the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1954 as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. On March 1, 1965, Dr. Kerrigan was appointed Dean of the Medial School. He served in that capacity until 1977. During his tenure, Dr. Kerrigan saw the medical school through a financial crisis, two institutional name changes, and the rapid planning for the new Basic Science building.

Gerald A. Kerrigan, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"Through his meticulous planning and attention to detail, Kerrigan was the person most responsible for moving the school to a solid position as a private, independent, but state-subsidized medical school."

- Norman Engbring, M.D.

An Anchor for the Future (pg. 289)

Louis Quarles



Louis Quarles was a Wisconsin native born in Kenosha. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1905. He returned to Milwaukee and entered private practice with his father’s firm, Quarles and Spence. He was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1908. From 1918 to 1922 he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Law Examiners. Quarles was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Marquette University School of Medicine on April 4, 1923. He continued as a member of the Board through several administrations, becoming President on September, 30, 1967, when the medical school separated from the university. He died in 1972, shortly after announcing his intention to leave the presidency.

Louis Quarles (MCW Archives)

David Carley



David Carley was President of the Medical College of Wisconsin from 1975-1977. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. He came to Wisconsin in 1953 from a job as the assistant city manager of Kalamazoo, Michigan and received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison which began a political career. He served under several governors. Initially as the research Director of the Wisconsin State Chamber of Commerce for Governor Vernon Thomson. Later Gaylord Nelson named him Director of the Wisconsin Department of Resource Development. Patrick Lucey appointed businessman Carley to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and also to the Board of Directors of Marquette University School of Medicine. During his time at Marquette he was instrumental in raising funds to support the ongoing mission of the School. His brother Jim Carley, a partner in the Carley Capital Group, developers, said his priority “was always what would help people, particularly people in need”. He and his wife, Clare Gargalli, had three daughters and one son. David Carley died on May 15, 2009.

David Carley (MCW Archives)

Leonard Cronkhite, M.D.



Dr. Cronkhite was born on May 4, 1919 in Newton, Mass. He attended Bowdoin College, during which he joined the Maine National Guard. With World War II beginning, he joined the Army as a private and was initially assigned to Intelligence in South America and later the Pacific Theater. After several years in the service, some as a paratrooper, he returned to Bowdoin, completed his undergraduate studies and entered Harvard Medical School, graduating in 1950. After an Internal Medicine residency at Harvard, Dr. Cronkhite studied metabolic medicine in the public health service. He spent several years in private practice during which he became a consultant for health-care plans and an expert on life support systems. He returned to the army in 1961, serving in Alaska and later became Army Reserve Forces Policy Committee Chairman. He retired from the Army with the rank of Major General and was made commander of the 21,000 member 94th Army Reserve Command in Boston in 1975. His further accomplishments included: General Director, and later president, of the Boston Children’s Hospital establishing many new programs. In 1962, he assumed the presidency of the Milwaukee Children’s Hospital and then moved to the presidency of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1977. From 1977 to 1984 he oversaw the development of several new innovative programs. Dr. Cronkhite passed away in July, 1996 at age 77.

Leonard Chronkhite, M.D. (MCW Archives)

Edward J. Lennon, M.D.




President and CEO

Dr. Lennon was born in Chicago, Illinois’ south side on August 2, 1927. He graduated from the University of Illinois, at Champaign - Urbana with a B.A. degree in Zoology and a minor in Chemistry in 1947. He continued there to earn an M.A. in German literature and languages. In 1948, he entered Northwestern University Medical School, graduating with an M.D. degree in 1948. Dr. Lennon interned at the Milwaukee County General Hospital. He joined the U. S. Air Force, intending to study Pediatrics, but exposure to Internal medicine turned him to a residency in that specialty from 1955-58. The residency was followed by a fellowship in metabolic diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. He began specialization in kidney (nephrology) diseases. He returned to Milwaukee to continue his research and ultimately was named Chief of the Renal Section at MCW. He served in that capacity from 1960 to 1970. He was director of the College’s Clinical Research Center from 1961-1969 and became Dean of Clinical Affairs, and Academic Vice President, from 1968 to 1978. In 1984, he was named President of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Lennon resigned as President in 1989. He was an avid hobbyist, building model ships and gardening. Dr. Lennon passed away in 1994.

Edward J. Lennon, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"Lennon had spent his professional life in building a Medical College and an academic medical center that had earned increasing respect... During his tenure as Dean, the era of expansion became the era of consolidation. The future of the Medical College of Wisconsin never looked brighter."

- Norman Engbring, M.D.

An Anchor for the Future (pg. 378-79)

Archives of Internal Medicine 1969 124(5): 557-62.

Richard A. Cooper, M.D.



A Milwaukee native, Dr. Richard "Buz" Copper graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. degree and later he was honored with a Doctor of Science in 2006. He received an M.D. degree Washington University in St. Louis in 1961. A residency in Internal Medicine on the Harvard Medical Services of the Boston City Hospital and fellowship there in hematology/oncology followed. Dr. Cooper then became a clinical associate of the National Cancer Institute. Her served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and the University of Pennsylvania and directed the cancer center at the later. In 1985 he returned to his native Milwaukee as Dean at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Cooper published extensively. He was awarded the Casterline Award for Excellence in Writing from the Federation of State Medical Boards. The Medical College of Wisconsin and the state of Wisconsin each presented him with Distinguished Service Awards. After leaving the position as Dean in 1994 he founded the College’s Health Policy Institute, an inter disciplinary program for studying bioethics/statistics, epidemiology, patient care/outcomes and public health. In 2005 he returned to the University of Pennsylvania as Professor of Medicine and Senior Fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute of health Economics. Dr. Cooper passed away on January 15, 2016.

Richard A. Cooper, M.D. (MCW Archives)

"Dr. Cooper was among the first to identify America's pending physician shortage. His call for the expansion of the nation's medical education infrastructure led to the creation of almost 20 new medical schools and the development of regional medical school campuses, including MCW's new campuses in Green Bay and Central Wisconsin."

- John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, MCW President and CEO

MCW Magazine (Winter, 2016)

Health Affairs 1996 15(3): 226-238.

T. Michael bolger, j.d.


President and CEO

A native of Wisconsin, born in Minocqua in 1939, Mr. Bolger received a BA from Marquette University in 1961. He went to St. Louis University for an MA and PhL in 1966 and received a JD degree cum Laude from Northwestern University in 1971. He joined the law firm of Quarles & Brady where he practiced law for over 20 years. After a national search, Mr. Bolger was appointed as President of the Medical College in May 1990. Prior to that, he had been associated with the College for more than 20 years as legal counsel as a partner at Quarles and Brady. During Mr. Bolger’s tenure, the Medical College of Wisconsin experienced a 1,482 percent increase in endowment and a 275 percent increase in faculty positions. Bolger oversaw the expansion of the school through construction of the College’s Health Research Center, the Translational and Biomedical Research Center and the Cardiovascular Center/Anesthesiology research laboratories. He fostered stronger affiliations with Marquette University, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Froedtert Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center to forge partnerships that better serve the community.

T. Michael Bolger, J.D. (MCW Archives)

Michael J. Dunn, M.D.



Dr. Dunn was born on March 21, 1936 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A graduate of Marquette University High School in 1954, he received a BS degree in 1958 and an M.D. degree in 1962. After a one year internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital he entered a residency in internal medicine there, completing it in 1965. During the residency he was the recipient of a Mead Johnson Scholarship. Dr. Dunn’s post graduate training was with United States Public Health Service Fellowship in the Department of Medicine at the University of North Carolina, College of Medicine. A Research Internist position at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Walter Reed General Hospital followed from 1966-1969. He was Board Certified that year. Then a position as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Co-Director of the Nephrology Unit at the University of Vermont, College of medicine was accepted. In 1977 he was appointed as the Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine there. In 1975-6 he became a Visiting Scientist at the Hospital Necker and Institut Pasteur in Paris France. Dr. Dunn returned to Vermont until 1994 when he moved to Case Western Reserve University of Medicine as the Hanna Payne Professor of Medicine and Director, Division of Nephrology. From 1981 to 1987 he was Associate Director the Department of Medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland which became a position as Acting Chair of the Department of Medicine until 1987. He again moved to Europe as Visiting Scientist, Centre de Biochimie, Universite’ de Nice, France. In 1995 he accepted the position of Dean and Executive Vice President of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Dunn was named: a Merkle Scholar in Academic Medicine, received an NIH Merit Award, was named an MU and MCW Alumnus of the Year award and named to the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars. Dr. Dunn and wife, Patricia O’Reilly, have three daughters and two sons.

Michael J. Dunn, M.D. (MCW Archives)

Jonathan R. Ravdin, M.D.



Dr. Jonathan Ravdin is widely recognized for contributing seminal research on the molecular mechanisms by which Entamoeba histolytica, an enteric protozoan parasite that is highly endemic world-wide, causes invasive amebiasis (colitis and liver abscess), and how humans develop an effective mucosal immune response. His work has lead to the development and study of an experimental vaccine designed to prevent infection and, potentially, eradicate this disease. Dr. Ravdin is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians. As a chairman of Medicine at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Dr. Ravdin led the department to become one of the top research departments in the United States and a national leader in training subspecialty physicians. As a researcher, Dr. Ravdin authored or co-authored more than 270 articles, abstracts and book chapters. Dr. Ravdin received his MD degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at The New York Hospital—Cornell Medical Center, followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He is married to Marcie Christensen Ravdin. They have four children.

John R. Raymond, Sr., M.D.


President and CEO

Dr. Raymond is a practicing nephrologist who plays active roles in clinical care, teaching, and faculty mentorship. He is also a medical researcher studying the basic mechanisms of kidney cell function and has published over 130 full-length manuscripts and has received more than $38 million in competitive extramural funding. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees with honors from the Ohio State University, and performed his internship, residency, chief residency and nephrology fellowship training at Duke University Medical Center. After completing his training, he joined Duke’s faculty where he rose through the ranks to attain tenure. In 1996, he moved to the Medical University of South Carolina as the Dialysis Clinics Incorporated (DCI) Professor of Medicine. He served as Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC, from 1998 to 2002. He was MUSC’s Associate Provost for Research from 2001-2006, and was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost from 2002-2010. At the Medical College of Wisconsin, Dr. Raymond has spearheaded the expansion of our medical school and creation of regional campuses in central Wisconsin and Green Bay; supported development of a novel new accelerated medical school curriculum; driven closer financial and strategic alignments with Froedtert Health and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin; and initiated numerous partnerships and collaborations.

John R. Raymond, Sr., M.D.
Academic Medicine 2015 90(10): 1318-1323.

Joseph E. Kerschner, M.D.



Dr. Joseph Kerschner is a professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences. He maintains an active membership on numerous professional and honorary societies and is currently the President-Elect for the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology. He holds leadership positions in a number of other otolaryngology societies, including Program Chair of the 10th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Otitis Media. He is the Associate Editor of International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. In addition, Dr. Kerschner provides editorial services for the leading national and international journals in otolaryngology. He has co-authored 17 books, chapters and reviews and has co-authored more than 75 peer reviewed journal publications. Dr. Kerschner has actively mentored students, residents and junior faculty. Dr. Kerschner completed undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his M.D. from the Medical College of Wisconsin, completed a general surgery internship at the University of South Florida, completed his otolaryngology residency at the University of South Florida and completed a pediatric otolaryngology fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Dr. Kerschner has completed a number of executive leadership programs including the Executive Program for Chiefs of Clinical Services at the Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management. He has held executive leadership positions including CEO of the Children’s Specialty Group and Executive Vice President of Children’s Hospital and Health System. Dr. Kerschner maintains an active clinical practice, is recognized as a national expert in pediatric otolaryngology and has been named to the America’s Best Doctors list for the past consecutive years.

Joseph E. Kerschner, M.D.

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