Tinsley R. Harrison

(1900-1978)

Tinsley Harrison

Tinsley Harrison

In June 1925, Tinsley R. Harrison arrived at the new Vanderbilt Hospital to serve as the first Chief Resident in Medicine. A graduate of Johns Hopkins, he was hired by Dr. G. Canby Robinson, first Dean and architect of the new Vanderbilt Medical School and Hospital generously financed by the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation. Robinson thought highly of Harrison and awarded him a one year travelling fellowship in Europe before he assumed his duties as Chief Resident in Medicine at Vanderbilt.

Tinsley Harrison stayed at Vanderbilt from 1925 until 1941. During this time, his major focus was teaching, research, and experimental medicine. While at Vanderbilt, he published many articles including 15 scientific articles with his close friend Alfred Blalock, and published a book, Failure of the Circulation in 1936. Tinsley Harrison left Vanderbilt in 1941 to chair the Department of Internal Medicine at Bowman Gray. He subsequently chaired departments at Southwestern Medical College and the University of Alabama Medical Center. He is best known for his text-book, Principles of Internal Medicine, widely referred to as Harrisons.