About the Curator: Michael E. Moran, MD
Curator 2011 – Present
I am a Midwesterner, who grew up in Illinois, just outside of Chicago. My family was large; I am the 3rd son of six children and was always trying to compete with my two older brothers. I am the first of my family to attend college, so the family was surprised when my intentions to attend medical school materialized. I went to Illinois Wesleyan University, in Bloomington Illinois before attending Southern Illinois University in Springfield. I was always a bibliophile. I became interested in historical writings in college; the library in Bloomington had extensive archives on Abraham Lincoln. One little known anecdote about my college career bridging to medical school was that I joined a circus briefly before matriculation. Bloomington, Illinois has long been the seat of Circus flyers and the allure of being hurtled by a teeterboard was just too compelling prior to pursuing medicine (or perhaps it is an appropriate metaphor).