John Walker Moore, M.D.

  • Chairman 1923-1949
  • Dean 1929-1949
  • Alben W. Barkley Professor of Medicine, 1949-1952

John Walker Moore, M.D.
John Walker Moore, M.D.
John Walker Moore, born in South Carolina, earned a BS at Davidson College in 1906.

He began medical school at the University of North Carolina and earned his MD at the University of Pennsylvania in 1912.

After an internship at Episcopal Hospital in Philadelphia he came to the University of Louisville as an instructor in pathology and bacteriology in 1915.

In 1917, he joined the United States Army as a captain and served overseas for 18 months.

He became chairman of the Department of Medicine at the University of Louisville in 1923.

Dean Stuart Graves resigned in 1928 and Moore served on the interim administrative committee until his appointment as dean at the end of 1928, and he continued in both positions until 1949.

During his administration the School of Medicine survived the Great Depression and 1937 flood, added an annex to its building at First and Chestnut streets, offered accelerated training during World War II and in 1948 became the first unit of the university to receive regular state appropriations.

He retired as dean in 1949 and was Alben W. Barkley Professor of Medicine until his death.

He is known for his work in cardiography, basal metabolism, blood chemistry and for a dye-dilution method for determining cardiac output which he developed with J. Murray Kinsman.

- Written by Daryll Anderson