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John Elsner, M.D. Collection

Identifier: B186


Dr. John Elsner was born in Vienna on May 4, 1844 and migrated to America as a young man. Elsner graduated from the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. In 1866, he graduated from the Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York. After becoming interested in the American West, he led a wagon train into Colorado in 1866 and was Denver's first Jewish physician. He was appointed Denver County physician in 1870 and was the prime mover in the establishment of Denver's first general hospital (now Denver Health). In addition to a busy private practice, he also traveled the region as a mohel to perform the traditional Jewish rite of circumcision. Highly active in the Jewish and general community, served as the president of Denver's B'nai B'rith chapter in 1874. Elsner was an incorporator of National Jewish Hospital for Consumptives in 1890 and served on the hospital's first medical advisory board.

The collection includes copies of his early memoirs, biographical articles, medical and early circumcision records, and other related documents.


  • 1920-1981



0.25 Linear Feet (half letter document box)

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