The annual Lilianna Sauter Lecture, established in 2000, addresses a topic in medical ethics. Lilianna Sauter, MD, was a long-time Fellow of the Academy, where she was active in the Section on Dermatology. Dr. Sauter received her medical degree from the University of Zurich, and shortly thereafter began her internship at Knickerbocker Hospital, New York, followed by a residency at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York. She was a visiting Fellow in Dermatology at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center. Dr. Sauter was a dedicated physician and Associate Professor at Mount Sinai Medical School.

In addition to her professional activities, Dr. Sauter had a keen interest in history, and served as an officer of the Friends of the Rare Book Room at the Academy.  She also served as liaison consultant to the Academy’s 1993 program “Paracelsus: Renaissance Physician.”

Contact Information

The New York Academy of Medicine Library
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New York, NY 10029
Telephone: 212-822-7313

Previous Lecturers

David Herzberg, PhD
University at Buffalo

The Other Drug War: Prescription Drug Abuse and Race in 20th-Century America


David Rosner, PhD, Columbia University and Gerald Markowitz, PhD, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and CUNY Graduate Center

Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America's Children


Susan M. Reverby, PhD
Wellesley College

Escaping Melodramas: Historical Thinking and the Public Health Service Studies in Tuskegee and Guatamala


Vinh-Kim Nguyen, MD, MSc, PhD

University of Montreal; Commentary by Jeffrey O'Malley, Director of the HIV/AIDS Group in the United Nations Development Programme

Global Health: Historical Perspectives II: The Republic of Therapy: AIDS in West Africa

This lecture was sponsored in part by the New York Council on the Humanities


M. Susan Lindee, PhD
University of Pennsylvania

Gut Feelings and Technical Precision: Thinking about Cystic Fibrosis


Elizabeth Siegel Watkins, PhD
University of California, San Francisco

Changing Perspectives on Health Aging, Part IV: The Estrogen Elixir: Women, Hormone Replacement, and the Predicament of Aging


Susan L. Smith, PhD
University of Alberta

Medicine in Wartime, Part IV: Place, Health and War: World War II Mustard Gas Experiments in Transnational Perspective


Harriet Washington
Independent Scholar

American Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans


Amy Fairchild and Ron Bayer

Columbia University

The Searching Eyes of Government: Public Health Surveillance in Twentieth-Century America


Susan Wolf
University of Minnesota Law School

Governing Reproductive Medicine and Reprogenetics: A Daunting Challenge


Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Electroconvulsive Therapy and the Concept of Progress in Medical History


Paul Lombardo, PhD, JD
University of Virginia

Better for all the World: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell


Robert Proctor, PhD
Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Was there such a thing as "good Nazi science"? German struggles against cancer, 1933-45