James A. Clifton, III b. Biographical File

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Clifton, James A., III (b.1923). Eskind Biomedical Library Special Collections, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN.

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Clifton earned a B.A. degree (1944) and M.D. degree (1947) at Vanderbilt University. He completed his internship at the University of Iowa. Following a brief sojourn in Nashville where he served on the staff of the Thayer Veterans Administration Hospital and as an assistant in clinical medicine at Vanderbilt, he returned to Iowa and was appointed chief of the Division of Gastroenterology in 1955.

Dr. Clifton returned to attend the University of Iowa to develop a fellowship program in the mid 1960s. His organizational talents were early recognized and led to his leadership of committees at the National Institutes of Health and in the American Gastroenterological Association.

Clifton became the head of the Department of Internal Medicine at Iowa. He served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Physicians, becoming its president in 1977-78, and soon thereafter was named chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine. The University of Iowa Center for Digestive Disease was inaugurated in 1985 and was dedicated as the Dr. James A. Clifton Center for Digestive Diseases in 1991. He retired in 1993.

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  • Internal Medicine
  • Vanderbilt Alumni
  • VUMC History

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