Penn Medicine

Michael J. Neuss, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Michael J. Neuss is a hospitalist, or physician that specializes in managing the care of patients within the hospital. Dr. Neuss practices at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  He joined the Section in 2021 and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Neuss completed medical school at Duke University and residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Prior to medical school, he completed a PhD in history at Columbia University, where a Richard Hofstadter fellowship supported his doctoral studies. Specific areas of interest were the history of science and medicine, as well as early modern European history. The focus of his dissertation was William Harvey's description of the systemic circulation of blood (ca. 1620s). 

Dr. Neuss's current research is on the early history (ca. 1960s-1970s) of what we now call the electronic health record. His interest in the history of medicine also extends to projects including “COVID-19 and Vanderbilt: A Community Oral History Project," for which he served as PI, as well as extramural commitments including participation on the editorial committee for the journal CHEST’s “Humanities in Chest Medicine” section.

Dr. Neuss also has broad interests in medical education and quality improvement. He was the editor-in-chief of the inaugural edition of Vanderbilt’s internal medicine residency handbook, which provides specific, systems-based guidance for residents on clinical practice at Vanderbilt and the Nashville VA. He later served as faculty lead for the handbook. A web version is available freely to all readers at: 


Selected Publications:

  1. Neuss, Michael J. “The Historian as Consultant: History of Medicine in the New Humanities in Chest Medicine Section.” CHEST 159, no. 4 (April 1, 2021): 1332–33.
  2. Johnson, Kevin B., Michael J. Neuss, and Don Eugene Detmer. “Electronic Health Records and Clinician Burnout: A Story of Three Eras.” Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA 28, no. 5 (April 23, 2021): 967–73.
  3. Neuss, Michael J. “Blood Money: Harvey’s De Motu Cordis (1628) as an Exercise in Accounting.” British Journal for the History of Science, April 13, 2018, 1–23.
  4. Borst, Alexandra J., Debra L. Sudan, Laura A. Wang, Michael J. Neuss, Jennifer A. Rothman, and Thomas L. Ortel. “Bleeding and Thrombotic Complications of Pediatric Liver Transplant.” Pediatric Blood & Cancer 65, no. 5 (May 2018): e26955.
  5. Neuss, Michael James, and Thomas Lawrence Holland. “Digital Ischaemia after Intra-Arterial Drug Injection.” BMJ Case Reports 2017 (September 25, 2017): bcr-2017-222141.


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