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Overview 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...