International Leprosy Association -
History of Leprosy

  • International Leprosy Association -
    History of Leprosy


    Dr Victor George Heiser

    Status Physician
    Country USA


    Victor George Heiser, MD, Hon ScD, LLD (1873-1972) was a US physician, and the first president of the International Leprosy Association 1931-1938. He was Director of Health for the Philippines between 1903 and 1915 and for many years he was a member of the Medical Board of the Leonard Wood Memorial. In 1915 he joined the Rockefeller Foundation as director for the East of the International Health Board until 1934. He pioneered mass treatment of leprosy patients in the Philippines. In 1936 he published his autobiography, An American Doctor's Odyssey, which was translated into 14 languages. In 1969 he received the Damien-Dutton Award in recognition of his active interests for more than half a century in the leprosy problems of the world.

    International Journal of Leprosy, Centennial Festskrift edition, Vol 41, No 2. 1973.

    For a more detailed biography, see CH Binford, and ER Long, 'Victor George Heiser, M.D. 1873-1972', International Journal of Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases 41.1 (1973): 118-20.

    Research Institute(s) associated with:
    Leonard Wood Memorial, Cebu, Philippines


    An American Doctor's Odyssey. Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc., 1936.

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