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The Michael Lesch Collection

Michael Lesch
  • Creator: Lesch, Michael (1939 - 2008)

  • Collection Date: 1960 - 1990

  • Extent: 0.32 cubic feet (1 box)

Michael Lesch
by unidentified photographer
black and white photograph, 1960


Michael Lesch was born in Queens, New York. He earned a B.A. from Columbia University in 1960 and a M.D. from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1964. After completing a residency in medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, Lesch did a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. In 1968, he entered a cardiology fellowship program at Peter Brent Brigham Hospital and moved through the academic ranks to associate professor. Lesch was named chief of cardiology at Northwestern University Medical School in 1976. He became department of medicine chairman of the Henry Ford Hospital and Health System in 1989. Lesch returned to New York City in 1998 to become the chief of internal medicine at St.Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital as well as a professor of medicine at Columbia University. Lesch is best known for the study a self-mutilation disorder(Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome) while a medical student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine which bears his name and the name of his mentor, William Nyhan.

Hopkins Affiliations

1960 - 1964 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1964 - 1966 Johns Hopkins Hospital

Scope and Content

The Michael Lesch Collection consists of some personal material related to his time as a medical student (1960-1964). Most noteworthy in the collection is a set of 5 research books which documents the original research of a self-mutilation disorder studied by Michael Lesch and William Nyhan. Their discovery led to the naming of the disorder as the Lesch-Nyhan Syndrome.

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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