Leo Buerger, MD
1879 - 1943

Leo Buerger, MD was born in Vienna, Austria in 1879. His family moved to the United States when he was one years old. After receiving his bachelors and masters degrees from the City College of New York and Columbia University, he obtained his medical degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in 1901. Following a year-long internship at Lennox Hill Hospital in New York, and another year as assistant pathologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital also in New York, Dr. Buerger spent the next three years as a surgical intern again at Lennox Hill Hospital.

In 1905, he returned to Europe where he served as a voluntary assistant at the surgical department in Breslau, Germany, and upon his return a year later to New York, he entered private practice. In 1908, Dr. Buerger wrote a well-known article in The American Journal of Medical Science: "Thromboangiitis Obliterans: A Study of the Vascular Lesions Leading to Pre-Senile Spontaneous Gangrene."

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