The annual Iago Galdston Lecture honors Dr. Galdston, a psychiatrist and educator who dedicated his career to enhancing the health of individuals and the community. Established in 1989, this annual event is dedicated to bringing a distinguished scholar in areas of inquiry related to the historical, philosophical, and humanistic aspects of medicine to share important information with the fellowship and guests of the Academy.

Dr. Galdston was born in Kishinev, Russia, and received his medical training in New York and Vienna. Dr. Galdston joined the Professional staff of the New York Academy of Medicine in 1928, creating what would become the Academy’s Medical Information Bureau, which disseminated important information to the public and the press concerning. His column, “Iago Galdston for the New York Academy of Medicine,” published in 200 newspapers, was the authoritative source for medical information to the public. Dr. Galdston lived to be 94, and upon his death in 1989, his family created the Iago Galdston Lectureship at The New York Academy of Medicine. 

Contact Information

The New York Academy of Medicine Library
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029
Telephone: 212-822-7313

Previous Lecturers 

Hilary Aquino, PhD
Albright College 'Making Public Health Contagious’ — The Life and Career of Leona Baumgartner, M.D., Ph.D 


Heather Varughese John, MD, PhD
Who is Dr. X? Physicians in Training and the Mass-Market Memoir


Mark Largent, PhD
Michigan State University
Vaccine: The Modern American Debate


Barron Lerner, MD, PhD
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
One for the Road: Drunk Driving Since 1900


Leslie J. Reagan, PhD
University of Illinois
Dangerous Pregnancies: German Measles (Rubella), Mothers, and Disabilities in Modern America


Steven J. Peitzman, MD
Drexel University College of Medicine
Bleed or Not Bleed Mrs. Camac? A 19th Century Medical Decision


Jacqueline Wolf, PhD
Ohio University
Historical Perspectives on Reducing Maternal Mortality, Part II: Despite the Risk: Lay and Medical Perceptions of Obstetric Anesthesia


Arleen M. Tuchman
Vanderbilt University
Diabetes: A Cultural History


Susan Lederer, PhD
Yale University
Bombs, Blood, and Bio-Markers: Medical Preparedness in Cold War America


Janet Golden
Rutgers University
The Making of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


Judy Wu
Ohio State University
Modernizing Chinatown: Race, Reproduction, and Medical Tourism


Bert Hansen, PhD
Baruch College
Medical History for the Masses: Heroes of Medicine in Children's Comic Books of the 1940s 


Randall M. Packard, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
What Kind of a Problem is Malaria? The Past and Future of Malaria Control


James Mohr, PhD
University of Oregon
The Burning of Honolulu's Chinatown: Plague, Fire, Bacteriology, and Public Health Policy at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century