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Deborah Doroshow, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor Adjunct; Academic Affiliate in the History of Medicine

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Deborah Doroshow, MD, PhD



Deborah Doroshow is Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Adjunct Assistant Professor of the History of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine.

She graduated from Harvard College in 2004 with a B.A. in History and Science, where she wrote a senior thesis entitled "The Injection of Insulin Into American Psychiatry," which explored the history of insulin coma therapy for schizophrenia. It was awarded the Thomas Temple Hoopes Award for outstanding senior thesis, and a portion of it was subsequently published in the Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences.

She earned her Ph.D. in History with distinction (concentration in the History of Science and Medicine) from Yale University in December 2012, winning the Edwin W. Small prize for outstanding dissertation in American History and the Pressman Career Development Award from the American Association of the History of Medicine. Her book, Emotionally Disturbed: A History of Caring for America's Troubled Children, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2019.

Additional historical work has included a study of bedwetting alarms and parenting practices in mid-twentieth century America (Isis, 2010) and a history of laws mandating premarital syphilis testing (Social History of Medicine, 2019). She is an active member of the American Association for the History of Medicine and enjoys mentoring clinician-historians in training.

Deborah earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 2013. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine in 2015 and her fellowship in hematology and oncology, also at Yale, in 2019. At Mount Sinai, she treats adults with lung cancer as well as adults with a variety of solid tumors as part of the Early Phase Trials Unit, where her work focuses on the DNA damage response.

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Yale University School of Medicine (2015)
  • MD
    Harvard Medical School (2013)
  • PhD
    Yale University, History (2012)
  • AB
    Harvard College, History and Science (2004)

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