Robert C. Kolodny, M.D.
34th Historia Medica Lecture
"Unraveling the Mysteries of Human Sexuality: The Masters and Johnson Story"
November 21, 2013
Robert C. Kolodny, M.D., a 1969 graduate of the Washington University School of Medicine, was the first medical student to train at the Masters & Johnson Institute (then known as the Reproductive Biology Research Foundation.)
After completing his internship and residency in internal medicine at the New England Deaconess Hospital (Harvard Medical School) and a fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at Barnes Hospital (Washington University School of Medicine), he became a faculty member at Washington University School of Medicine holding joint appointments in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry. In 1972 he joined the full-time staff of the Masters & Johnson Institute where he served as Associate Director, Director of Training, and Head of the Endocrine Research Section.
His talk reviews the backstory of the early years of the Masters and Johnson research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine and an overview of the next two decades of their work, including observations on many of the challenges they faced and their reception by the broad scientific and medical community.