Thomas Benedek, M.D.  

Thomas G. Benedek, BS, MS, M.D. is a graduate of the college and medical school of the University of Chicago.  His post-graduate training was at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, including rotating internship, internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowship.  He joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1956 and was appointed Chief of the Rheumatology Section at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  He was promoted to Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology in 1980 and emeritus in 2002.  His clinical research has focused on rheumatoid arthritis. 

 He is also an adjunct professor in the University of Pittsburgh History Department and has been teaching medical history in the college and the medical school since 1985.  He has written widely on the history of the rheumatic diseases and medicine during the Renaissance and Reformation.  He is a past president of the American Association for the History of Medicine (1994-96).