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Averill Abraham Liebow

Born  1911
Died  1978

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American physician, born 1911, Stryj in Galicia, Austria (now in Ukraine); died 1978.

Biography of Averill Abraham Liebow

Averill Abraham Liebow, born in Austria, was the "founding father" of pulmonary pathology in the United States. He started his career as a pathologist at Yale, where he remained for many years. In 1968 he moved to the University of California School of Medicine, San Diego, where he taught for 7 years as Professor and Chairman, Department of Pathology.

His studies include many classic studies of lung diseases. Best known of these is his famous classification of interstitial lung disease. He also published papers on sclerosing pneumocytoma, pulmonary alveolar proteinosis, meningothelial-like nodules, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, lymphomatoid granulomatosis, pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis, pulmonary epithelioid hemangioendothelioma and pulmonary hyalinizing granuloma .

As a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Medical Corps, He was a member of the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission who studied the effects of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki

We thank Sanjay Mukhopadhyay, M.D., for information submitted.


  • A. A. Liebow:
    The J. Burns Amberson Lecture: pulmonary angiitis and granulomatosis.
    American Review of Respiratory Diseases, Baltimore, 1973, 108:1-18.
  • Averill A. Liebow, Shields Warren, and Elbert DeCoursey:
    Pathology of Atomic Bomb Casualties.
    The American Journal of Pathology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1949, 25 (5): 853–1027.
  • Averill A. Liebow:
    Encounter with Disaster: A Medical Diary of Hiroshima. 1945.
    New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 1970.
    Condensed version in:
    The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, New Haven, January-February 1983, 56 (1):23-38.
    Paperback (reprint), August, 1985, with introduction by Norman Cousins.
  • Colin M. Bloor, Averill A. Liebow:
    The Pulmonary and Bronchial Circulations in Congenital Heart Disease.
    Paperback (reprint): Books on Demand, January 1980. 296 pages
    Hardcover: Kluwer Academic Publishers, March, 1980. 294 pages.
  • Colin M. Bloor:
    In Remembrance of Averill A. Liebow (March 31, 1911-May 31, 1978).
    The American Journal of Pathology, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1978, 92: 577-580.
  • G. E. Lindskog:
    Averiil Abraham Liebow (1911-1978): a colleague's tribute.
    The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, New Haven, March-April 1981, 54 (2): 127-137.
  • G. J. Smith:
    Averill Abraham Liebow: contributions to pulmonary pathology.
    The Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, New Haven, March-April 1981, 54 (2): 139-146.
  • P. Scarani:
    The pathologist and the bomb: Averill A. Liebow in Hiroshima.
    International Journal of Surgical Pathology, Glen Head, NY, April 2004, 12 (2): 147-148.

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