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Richard Wesley TeLinde

Richard Wesley TeLinde


TeLinde, a chairman of gynecology at Johns Hopkins, was born in Waupun, Wisconsin. He attended Hope College and the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his A.B. in 1917. He began medical school at the University of Wisconsin and transferred to the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1920.

Following graduation, TeLinde served as an intern in medicine and a resident in gynecology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital until 1925, when he began a private practice in Baltimore that he maintained until 1972. In 1939, TeLinde was appointed professor and chairman of gynecology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and chief of gynecology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During his tenure, he created a subsection of reproductive endocrinology within the Department of Gynecology and published over 100 articles, making major contributions to the study of granulosa cell tumors of the ovary.

TeLinde’s text, Operative Gynecology, is still considered a definitive work in the field. He was among the first to recognize the value of estrogen in the management of gonococcal vaginitis and menopause. TeLinde served as president of the American Gynecological Society and the American Gynecological Club.

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