Daniel D. Federman, M.D.
Dr. Daniel Federman is the Carl W. Walter Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Harvard Medical School. Previously, he was a Senior Dean of Clinical Teaching at HMS. An endocrinologist by training, Dr. Federman has had clinical practices at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University Health Services.
He served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School from 1960 to 1972, and was simultaneously on the staff of Massachusetts General Hospital. From 1972 to 1977 he was chairman of the Department of Medicine at Stanford Medical School. He then returned to Harvard Medical School as Dean for students and Alumni and professor of medicine. In 1989 he was appointed Dean for Medical Education and in 1992 he was named the Carl W. Walter Professor of Medicine and Medical Education.
Dr. Federman has served as Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine and President of the American College of Physicians and is a member of the Institute of Medicine. He was one of the founding editors of Scientific American Medicine. Additionally, he has received from the American College of Physicians both the Massachusetts Physician of the Year and the Distinguished Teacher awards, as well as the Endocrine Society’s Distinguished Educator award. In 2001, the Association of American Medical Colleges honored Dr. Federman with their Abraham Flexner Award for Distinguished Service to Medical Education.
Dr. Federman has been teaching at Harvard Medical School for 60 years. His emphasis is on the consideration of each person as an individual because he believes this is the best counter to the risks of “group think.”