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Crohn, Burrill B., MD, Papers, 1907-1980


Creator: Crohn, Burrill B., MD
Title: Papers
Dates: 1907-1980
Volume: 1 box, 14 inches +
4 items in MAP CASE (D 3, G 4)


Burrill B. Crohn (1884-1983) was a New Yorker through and through. He was born and raised in New York, attended City College (Class of 1902) and then received his medical degree from Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons (1907). He joined The Mount Sinai Hospital as an intern in pathology and then trained in the Hospitals' house staff program. He served as a volunteer Assistant in pathology and then physiological chemistry from 1911 to 1923, when he was named Chief of Mount Sinai's Gastroenterology Clinic in the Department of Medicine. He joined the in-patient staff in 1926 and ultimately was associated with Mount Sinai for over sixty years. Crohn was President of the American Gastroenterological Association in 1953. Crohn authored four books and over 150 articles, primarily in his chosen specialty of gastroenterology. He is best remembered for his role in the first description of regional ileitis, or Crohn's Disease, along with Mount Sinai surgeons Leon Ginzburg and Gordon Oppenheimer.

Scope and Content

This collection contains a miscellany of materials that were given to The Mount Sinai Archives over a long period of time. The bulk of the material is awards and memorabilia, but there is also a notebook from Crohn's medial school days at Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons, various certificates, and diplomas.


  • Awards and Prizes
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Peptic Ulcer
  • Gastroenterology
  • Jacobi Medallion

Container List 

Student Notebook from Columbia University Physicians and Surgeons (Physiological Chemistry), 1907.

Typescript of draft of Understanding Your Ulcer, 1942.

Awards and Memorabilia

Board Certification from the American Board of Internal Medicine, July 1, 1937. (framed)

Certificate of Election to Fellow of American College of Physicians, Dec. 18, 1938. (folder)

Certificate of Election to Fellow of the N. Y. Academy of Medicine, Feb. 1, 1912. (MAP CASE)

Certificate of Honorary Membership in the American Gastroenterological Association, June 9, 1951. (folder)

Certificate of Honorary Membership in the Pan American Medical Association, 1964. (folder)

Certificate of Membership in the "Fifty Year Club of American Medicine" -- Humorous, n.d. (folder)

Certificate of Membership in the Sociedad de Gastroenterologia y Nutricion de Buenos Aires, Sept. 26, 1947. (folder)

Certificate of Membership in the Academia Nacional de Medicina de Buenos Aires, July 16, 1948. (MAP CASE)

Certificate from the Societas Internationalis Gastro-enterologiae, 1937. (folder)

Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons: 200th Anniversary medal, 1967. (in block of plastic)

Diploma from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1907. (MAP CASE)

Distinguished Service Award, Gastro-Intestinal Research Foundation, June 15, 1973. (plaque)

Distinguished Service Award from Trades Organization Council of the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York, 1957. (plaque)

Felix M. Warburg Award for 50 years of Service, n.d. (medal)

Jacobi Medal, Associated Alumni of Mount Sinai, 1962. (mounted in block of plastic)

Letter to BBC from Thomas Chalmers and S. David Pomrinse congratulating BBC on his 90th birthday, June 8, 1974. (framed)

License to Practice in N.Y. State, 1907. (MAP CASE)

Medal "for seventy-three years of dedicated service to Mount Sinai and the Community", Awarded by Mount Sinai Hospital, 1980. (mounted in plastic on wooden base)

Medal, Honorary Alumni Day Chairman, Class of 1907, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1982. (in black case)

Medal from The City College on 125th Anniversary to BBC, Class of 1902, 1972. (mounted on wooden base)

Medal from the Congres Internat de Gastro-enterologie Praha: Image of J.E. Purkyne on back, 1968.

Citation from the Townsend Harris Medal, awarded by the Alumni Association of the City College of New York, 1948.