Orvan Hess biography and facts


Orvan Walter Hess (June 18, 1906 – September 6, 2002) was a physician noted for his early use of penicillin and the development of the fetal heart monitor. Hess was born in Baoba, Pennsylvania. At the age of two, after his mother’s death, the family moved to Margaretville, New York where he grew up. Hess was inspired by Doctor Gordon Bostwick Maurer—who started Margaretville’s first hospital in 1925— to study medicine. He married Dr. Maurer’s sister, Carol Maurer, in 1928. Hess went to Lafayette College and received his MD from the University at Buffalo. He completed an internship at Children’s Hospital in Buffalo, New York and became an obstetrician and gynecologist. For most of his career, Hess practiced at Yale-New Haven Hospital, interrupted by World War II service as a surgeon in the 48th Armored Medical Battalion attached to the 2nd Armored Division in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Normandy. He was clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine. He also served as president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, and director of health services for the Connecticut Welfare Department. Hess died in New Haven at the age of 96. Hess  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Dr. Orvan Hess
Date of birth
Place of birth
Lackawaxen Township


Company Job title From To
Yale School of Medicine
Yale University


Institution From To
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Lafayette College


Date of death
Place of death
New Haven

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