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SUB-GROUP Identifier: RG M-DE01

Joseph Boyd Martin records, 1991-2007 (inclusive), 1997-2007 (bulk), 1991-2007 (inclusive)

Scope and Content

The records of the Office of the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine are the product of the administrative activities of the Dean of Harvard Medical School, primarily in the years 1997-2007, under the tenure of Dean Joseph Boyd Martin (born 1938). Records consist of correspondence, agendas, memoranda, reports, proposals, committee records, printed emails, and briefings.

Administrators and faculty at Harvard Medical School who were particularly involved in Dean Martin's administration and whose work is well-chronicled in these records include Mary Campion, John Deeley, Raphael Dolin, Victor Dzau, Daniel Federman, Dennis Kasper, Paul Levy, A. Cushing Robinson, and Harvard University Presidents Neil Rudenstine and Lawrence Summers.

This collection does not contain extensive records on the development of the Department of Systems Biology or the development of the MD/MBA program with Harvard Business School.

The collection contains born-digital electronic records which are stored in a secure instance of DSpace. Descriptive notes have been added to the series that contain electronic documents. The electronic documents were also printed out and added to the arrangement for the existing paper records. The notation "computer printout" in the folder list indicates that the records in that folder were printed from an electronic file. The electronic versions of the folders can be accessed by clicking on the "Click for Electronic Document" links.

The records of the Office of the Dean consist of seven series: Series I Executive Administrative Files, Series II Committee Records, Series III Intra-Institutional Relations Records, Series IV Scheduling Materials, and Series V Signature Files.


  • 1991-2007 (inclusive)
  • Majority of material found within 1997-2007

Language of Materials

Records are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access requires advance notice. Access to Harvard University records is restricted for 50 years from the date of creation. Researchers may apply for access to restricted records. Consult the Public Services Librarian for further information.

The Records are stored offsite. Researchers are advised to contact reference staff for more information concerning retrieval of material.


96.9 cubic feet (96 record cartons, 2 document boxes, and 2 half document boxes)

Historical Note on the Tenure of Dean Martin at Harvard Medical School, 1997-2007

Joseph Boyd Martin became the Dean of the Faculty of Harvard Medical School in 1997, following the term of Daniel C. Tosteson (1977-1997). Martin came to Harvard Medical School from the University of California, San Francisco, where he had served as Dean of the School of Medicine (1989-1993) and Chancellor (1993-1997). Prior to his tenure at the University of California, San Francisco, Martin had been a faculty member in the Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School from 1978-1989. As Dean, Martin oversaw Harvard's largest division, including 10,000 faculty members and $1.2 billion in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants.

Martin's tenure at Harvard Medical School began with an emphasis on fostering collaboration between Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals. He worked to ease tensions between the hospitals by forming an advisory group to review lateral moves of doctors and researchers among Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals in order to prevent "poaching" and by instituting a series of collaborative retreats for affiliated hospital staff. A new system of appointments and promotions was instituted, placing a greater emphasis on teaching as a path to promotion. In addition, the Harvard Medical Collaborative was founded in 1999 as a group consisting of the Dean and leaders from the Harvard affiliated hospitals, working to coordinate initiatives.

Diversity was also a priority for Martin. He initiated a review of assistant and associate professors that led to the promotion of deserving women and minorities. The Executive Council on Diversity created a plan to monitor diversity in Harvard Medical School residency programs and, in 2000, Martin and the hospital leaders adopted a more aggressive plan for the recruitment of minorities to senior-level faculty positions. Martin's term was also noteworthy for the number of women appointed to leadership positions at Harvard Medical School, including: Carla Shatz, head of the Department of Neurobiology; Joan Brugge, head of the Department of Cell Biology; Nancy Andrews, the first Dean of Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies; Cynthia Walker, the first female Executive Dean for Administration; and Joan Reede, Dean for Diversity and Community Partnership, the first female African-American dean in school history.

Several changes to medical education were instituted by Martin. The Department of Systems Biology was created in 2003, the first new department at Harvard Medical School in twenty years. Ph.D. programs in Systems Biology and Chemical Biology were also introduced during Martin's tenure. In 2005 the MD/MBA program was introduced, in conjunction with Harvard Business School. As part of the larger Medical Education Reform Initiative, the third year program was reconfigured to allow students to remain in one Harvard Medical School affiliated hospital for their entire third year, giving students the opportunity to follow patients through various levels of care. There were also several advances in technology at Harvard Medical School, including the introduction of eCommons in 1999, which provided a central access point to the school's electronic resources, and the MyCourses web portal in 2001, which made course materials available on the web for students.

During his ten years as Dean, Martin oversaw the development and expansion of Harvard Medical School research centers and facilities. The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Center for Islet Transplantation was established in 1998 through a grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Martin coordinated the establishment of the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center in 1999, a collaboration of seven Harvard Medical School affiliates, funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute; this venture established the largest cancer research enterprise in the United States. In 2000, the Harvard Clinical Research Institute, a partnership between Harvard Medical School, Partners HealthCare, and CareGroup, was established to create a central gateway for industry-sponsored research. Later that year, the Harvard Medical School/Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics also opened. The Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair, comprising neurology and neuroscience faculty and researchers working on neurodegenerative diseases, was formed in 2001. In 2003, the New Research Building, the largest Harvard building constructed to date, was dedicated, to foster collaboration between the basic and clinical sciences.
Biographical Note Joseph B. Martin was born in Bassano, Alberta, Canada on October 20, 1938. After earning a bachelor's degree from Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, Virginia, he received his medical education at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, earning his M.D. in 1962. Martin completed a residency in neurology in 1966 and a fellowship in neuropathology in 1967 at Case Western Reserve University. From 1967 to 1970, Martin was a research fellow and instructor in medicine and anatomy at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry; he earned his Ph.D. in anatomy from the institution in 1971.

Martin began his professional career at McGill University in 1970, where he was a Professor of Medicine and a Professor of Neurology; in 1977 he became chairman of the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery. While at McGill, Martin also served as Senior Physician at Montreal General Hospital and Neurologist-in-Chief at the Montreal Neurological Institute.

In 1978, Martin began his first stay at Harvard Medical School, as Bullard Professor of Neurology, a position he held until 1984. In that year, Martin was appointed the first Julieanne Dorn Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, holding that position until his departure in 1989. While at Harvard Medical School, Martin was also the Chief of Neurology Service at Massachusetts General Hospital and served as the hospital's interim director in 1981. In 1980, he was instrumental in the construction and development of the Huntington's Disease Center Without Walls in Boston. The Center was supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health and Martin served as the program director and principal investigator. A multi-university collaboration at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Center identified a genetic marker near the gene for Huntington's Disease, eventually leading to the discovery of the gene itself. In 1989, Martin chaired an Institute of Medicine committee on mapping the human brain. The committee's 1991 report was a major guide for the Human Brain Project, launched in 1993 to develop and support the study of neuroinformatics.

In 1989, Martin was named Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Among his accomplishments as Dean was the establishment of the W. M. Keck Foundation Center for Integrative Neurosciences, which combined studies of the brain and behavior, and the Gladstone Institute for Virology and Immunology, which specialized in AIDS research. Martin also initiated planning for a Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 1993 Martin became Chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco and served in that position until his return to Harvard Medical School as Dean in 1997. During his term as Chancellor, Martin developed a long-range campus renewal plan that included collaborating with the city of San Francisco to expand the campus to a second major site in Mission Bay.

Martin received several honorary degrees during his career. These include an honorary master's degree from Harvard in 1978, and honorary doctorate degrees from McGill University in 1994, the University of Rochester in 1996, the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1997, and the University of Alberta, Edmonton in 1998. During his career, Martin authored over 240 articles, over 100 reviews, and over 25 books on topics related to neurology and endocrinology. In addition, Martin served as an editor of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, a widely used medical textbook, and on the editorial boards of The New England Journal of Medicine and Science. Martin was also a member of the Council of the Institute of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Association of Physicians, and President of the American Neurological Association.

Series and Subseries in the Collection

  1. Series 00154: I. Executive Administrative Files, 1995-2007, undated
  2. I.A. External Organizations Records, 1996-2007
  3. I.B. Internal Organizations Records, 1995-2007, undated
  4. I.B.1. Administrative Departments Records, 1995-2007, undated
  5. I.B.1.a. Academic Programs, 1997-2006
  6. I.B.1.b. Academic Societies Office of Enrichment Programs,1997-2005
  7. I.B.1.c. Administration, 1997-2007
  8. I.B.1.d. Admissions, 1998-2007
  9. I.B.1.e. Alumni Affairs, 1998-2006
  10. I.B.1.f. Basic Sciences and Graduate Studies, 1997-2007
  11. I.B.1.g. Clinical Affairs, 1997-2007
  12. I.B.1.h. Continuing Medical Education, 1997-2006
  13. I.B.1.i. Countway Library, 1997-2007
  14. I.B.1.j. Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, 1997-2007, undated
  15. I.B.1.k. Faculty Affairs, 1995-2007
  16. I.B.1.l. Faculty Development and Diversity, 1997-2007
  17. I.B.1.m. Faculty Services/Human Resources, 1998-2007
  18. I.B.1.n. Finance, 1997-2007
  19. I.B.1.o. MD/PhD Program, 1997-1999, 2005
  20. I.B.1.p. Medical Education, 1997-2007
  21. I.B.1.q. Ombudsperson, 1997-2000, 2004
  22. I.B.1.r. Planning and Facilities, 1997-2007
  23. I.B.1.s. Public Affairs, 1998-2007
  24. I.B.1.t. Registrar, 1998-2006
  25. I.B.1.u. Research Issues, 1997-2007
  26. I.B.1.v. Resource Development, 1997-2007
  27. I.B.1.w. Sponsored Programs, 1998-2005
  28. I.B.1.x. Student Affairs, 1997-2007
  29. I.B.1.y. Technology and Licensing, 1997-2007
  30. I.B.1.z. Harvard School of Dental Medicine, 1997-2007
  31. I.B.1.aa. Harvard School of Public Health, 1997-2007
  32. I.B.2. Affiliates Records, 1997-2007, undated
  33. I.B.2.a. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, 1997-2007
  34. I.B.2.b. Brigham and Women's Hospital, 1997-2007
  35. I.B.2.c. Cambridge Hospital, 1997-2003
  36. I.B.2.d. CareGroup, 1998-2003
  37. I.B.2.e. Children's Hospital, 1997-2007
  38. I.B.2.f. Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 1997-2007
  39. I.B.2.g. Harvard Medical Collaborative, 1997-2006
  40. I.B.2.h. Harvard Medical Publications, 1997-2007
  41. I.B.2.i. Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, 1997-2003
  42. I.B.2.j. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for the Aged, 1997-2001
  43. I.B.2.k. Joslin Diabetes Center, 1997-2007
  44. I.B.2.l. Judge Baker Children's Center, 1998-2005
  45. I.B.2.m. Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 1998, 2003
  46. I.B.2.n. Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, 1997-2007
  47. I.B.2.o. Massachusetts General Hospital, 1997-2007
  48. I.B.2.p. Massachusetts Mental Health Center, 1997-2002
  49. I.B.2.q. McLean Hospital, 1997-2006, undated
  50. I.B.2.r. Mount Auburn Hospital, 1998-2007
  51. I.B.2.s. Partners HealthCare System, 1997-2007
  52. I.B.2.t. Schepens Eye Research Institute, 1997-2004
  53. I.B.2.u. Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, 1997-2006
  54. I.B.2.v. Veterans Administration Health Center, 1997-2006
  55. I.B.2.w. Affiliates, Mixed, 1998-2006
  56. I.B.3. Clinical Departments Records, 1997-2007
  57. I.B.3.a. Ambulatory Care and Prevention, 1998-2005
  58. I.B.3.b. Anesthesia, 1997-2004
  59. I.B.3.c. Dermatology, 1998-2000, 2005
  60. I.B.3.d. Medicine, 1997-2006
  61. I.B.3.e. Neurology, 1997-2007
  62. I.B.3.f. Orthopedic Surgery, 1997-2004
  63. I.B.3.g. Otology and Laryngology, 1998, 2003
  64. I.B.3.h. Pathology, 1997-2007
  65. I.B.3.i. Pediatrics, 1997-2004
  66. I.B.3.j. Psychiatry, 1997-2007
  67. I.B.3.k. Radiation Oncology, 1997-2004
  68. I.B.3.l. Radiology, 1997-2007
  69. I.B.3.m. Surgery, 1997-2006
  70. I.B.3.n. Clinical Departments, General, 1999-2006
  71. I.B.4. Events Records, 1997-2007, undated
  72. I.B.5. Preclinical Departments Records, 1997-2007
  73. I.B.5.a. Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, 1997-2007
  74. I.B.5.b. Cell Biology, 1997-2007
  75. I.B.5.c. Genetics, 1997-2007
  76. I.B.5.d. Health Care Policy, 1997-2007
  77. I.B.5.e. Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, 1997-2007
  78. I.B.5.f. Neurobiology, 1997-2007
  79. I.B.5.g. Pathology, 1997-2006
  80. I.B.5.h. Social Medicine, 1997-2006
  81. I.B.5.i. Social Medicine, Division of Medical Ethics, 1997-2006
  82. I.B.5.j. Systems Biology, 2004-2006
  83. I.B.5.k. Preclinical Departments, General, 1997-2007
  84. I.B.6. Professional Correspondence, 1996-2003
  85. I.B.7. Research Centers, Divisions, and Institutes Records, 1995-2007, undated
  86. I.B.7.a. Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Center, 1998-1999
  87. I.B.7.b. Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research, 1997-2007
  88. I.B.7.c. Center for Alternative Medical Research, 1998-2007
  89. I.B.7.d. Center for Applied Research, 1997, undated
  90. I.B.7.e. Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences and Medicine, 1997-1999
  91. I.B.7.f. Center for Blood Research, 1997-2007
  92. I.B.7.g. Center for Health and the Global Environment, 1998-2004
  93. I.B.7.h. Center for Innovative Minimally Invasive Therapy, 2000, 2003
  94. I.B.7.i. Center for Medical Simulation, 1998-1999, 2005
  95. I.B.7.j. Division on Addictions, 1997-2004
  96. I.B.7.k. Division on Aging, 1997-2005
  97. I.B.7.l. Division on Nutrition, 1998-2001
  98. I.B.7.m. Division on Sleep Medicine, 1999-2006
  99. I.B.7.n. Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research, 2003-2007, undated
  100. I.B.7.o. Giovanni Armenise-Harvard Foundation for Advance Scientific Research, 1997-2007
  101. I.B.7.p. Harvard Center for Neurodegeneration and Repair, 2000-2007
  102. I.B.7.q. Harvard Clinical Research Institute, 1999-2000
  103. I.B.7.r. Harvard Eating Disorders Center, 1997-2000
  104. I.B.7.s. Harvard Macy Institute, 1997-2005
  105. I.B.7.t. Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute, 2000-2003
  106. I.B.7.u. Harvard Medical Center, 1995-1998
  107. I.B.7.v. Harvard Medical International, 1997-2007
  108. I.B.7.w. Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, 1997-2007, undated
  109. I.B.7.x. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, 1997-2003
  110. I.B.7.y. Joint Center for Radiation Therapy, 1995-1999
  111. I.B.7.z. Juvenile Diabetes Foundation Center for Islet Transplantation at Harvard Medical School, 1998-2003
  112. I.B.7.aa. New England Regional Primate Research Center, 1997-2005
  113. Reproductive/Endocrine Science Center, 1997-2002
  114. Research Centers, General, 1997-2000
  115. Series 00155: II. Committee Records, 1996-2007
  116. Series 00156: III. Intra-Institutional Relations Records, 1991-2007
  117. III.A. Administrative Offices Records, 1991-2007
  118. III.B. General Correspondence, 1998-2005
  119. III.C. Harvard Corporation Records, 1999-2006
  120. III.D. Committees Records, 1997-2007
  121. III.E. Institutes Records, 1998-2007
  122. III.F. Office of the President Records, 1997-2007
  123. III.G. Provost's Office Records, 1997-2007
  124. III.H. School Offices Records, 1997-2007
  125. Series 00202: IV. Scheduling Materials, 1997-2000, 2005
  126. Series 00284: V. Signature Files, 1997-2006

Processing Information

Processed by Bryan Sutherland, July 2009.

Processing staff in the Center for the History of Medicine analyzed, arranged, and described the records and created a finding aid to improve access to the collection. To enhance preservation, processing staff re-housed the collection and, where necessary, photocopied documents onto acid-free paper.


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