- A dictionary of medical eponyms

John Bingham Roberts

Born 1852
Died 1924

Related eponyms


American surgeon, born 29 February 1852, Philadelphia; died November 28, 1924, Philadelphia.

Biography of John Bingham Roberts

John Bingham Roberts graduated from the Thomas Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, in 1874. His uncle, Dr. R. J. Levis, was a distinguished plastic surgeon, and Roberts followed him into that speciality. In 1882 he was one of the founders of Philadelphia Polyclinic and the College for Graduates of Medicine, where he taught anatomy and surgery. From 1890 to 1900 he was also professor of surgery at the Women’s Medical College. In 1918 the policlinic and the graduate college became a part of the University of Pennsylvania.

A skilled plastic surgeon, Roberts published extensively on nasal ulcers, facial clefts and facial trauma, and the profound psychological effects such abnormalities had on the patient. His book War Surgery of the Face had a significant influence on the management of casualties in the Great War. He served as president of the American Academy of Medicine and the American Surgical association.

What is an eponym?

An eponym is a word derived from the name of a person, whether real or fictional. A medical eponym is thus any word related to medicine, whose name is derived from a person.

What is Whonamedit?

Whonamedit.com is a biographical dictionary of medical eponyms. It is our ambition to present a complete survey of all medical phenomena named for a person, with a biography of that person.


Whonamedit? does not give medical advice.
This survey of medical eponyms and the persons behind them is meant as a general interest site only. No information found here must under any circumstances be used for medical purposes, diagnostically, therapeutically or otherwise. If you, or anybody close to you, is affected, or believe to be affected, by any condition mentioned here: see a doctor.