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The Robert M. Heyssel Collection

  • Creator: Heyssel, Robert Morris (1928 - 2001)

  • Collection Date: 1969 - 1991

  • Extent: 1 linear foot

Robert M. Heyssel
by Bradley Stevens
oil on canvas, 54.5 by 38.5 inches, 1992


Robert M. Heyssel was born in Jamestown, Missouri. He received his B.S. in 1951 from the University of Missouri and his M.D. in 1953 from St. Louis University. In 1956, he joined the U.S. Public Health Service as a senior assistant surgeon and was stationed at the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, for two years. After returning to the United States, he did a fellowship in hematology at Washington University in St. Louis, then spent ten years at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Heyssel began his tenure at Johns Hopkins in 1968 as an associate dean of the school of medicine and as an administrator of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was named president and trustee of the hospital in 1983 and trustee of the university in 1986. Heyssel launched the Johns Hopkins Health System in 1986, and served as its president until his retirement in 1992. During his two decades of leadership, the Johns Hopkins Hospital underwent two major phases of physical redevelopment, including construction of the Oncology Center, the Nelson Patient Tower, the Harvey Teaching Tower, the Meyer Building for Psychiatry and Neurosciences, the Clayton Heart Center, the Maumenee Building of the Wilmer Eye Institute and the Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center, whose main building bears his name.

Hopkins Affiliations

1968 - 2001 Johns Hopkins Hospital
1968 - 2001 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1973 - 2001 Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health

Scope and Content

The Robert M. Heyssel Collection spans his entire career at Johns Hopkins. It includes correspondence, lecture notes, curriculum vitae, interviews, speeches, newspaper articles, and Johns Hopkins Medical Institution press releases. Articles and speeches pertain to subjects such as hospital administration, the role of academic medical centers, and issues in health care reform. Additional material may be found in the records of the Office of the President of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the records of the Johns Hopkins Health System.

Policy on Access and Use

This collection may contain some restricted records. Materials pertaining to patients, students, employees, and human research subjects, as well as unprocessed collections and recent administrative records, carry restrictions on access. For more information about the policies and procedures for access, see Policy on Access and Use.

Permissions and Credits

When citing material from this collection, credit The Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. For permission to reproduce images, contact the holder of the copyright.

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