Dan M. Spengler Papers

Identifier: EBL-0113

Content Description

Papers and materials beloging to Dr. Dan M. Spengler documenting his research and teaching activities in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt from 1983 until his retirement in 2009.


  • 1983-1995


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Copyright is retained by History of Medicine Collections, Eskind Biomedical Library, Vanderbilt University.

Biographical / Historical

Dan M. Spengler, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation, Emeritus, was raised in Defiance, Ohio. He received a Union Carbide Scholarship to attend Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He earned his bachelor of science in 1962. Spengler attended the University of Michigan Medical School and received his M.D. in 1966. He served his internship at the King County Hospital in Seattle. He returned to the University of Michigan for his year as an assistant resident in general surgery. From 1968 to 1970, Spengler served in the United States Air Force, including a one-year tour in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged from the Air Force and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service in May 1970. He completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Michigan in 1973 followed by a fellowship in orthopedic biomechanics at Case Western Reserve University. Spengler was on the faculty at the University of Washington in Seattle from 1974 to 1983. In 1981, he was selected as an American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellow. In 1983, he became the fourth chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt. During his 26 years as chair, the department grew in scope and size. In 2009, he stepped down as chair but continued to practice as an orthopedic spine surgeon. Spengler’s expertise in patient care has been recognized by Castle Connolly and Best Doctors. He also has received three prestigious research awards: the Volvo Award for Low Back Pain Research in 1990, the Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Orthopedic Research in 1991, and the Cervical Spine Research Society Award for Outstanding Basic Science Research in 1998. Spengler has published more than 125 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured throughout the world. He also was elected to a nine-year term on the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, serving as president from 1993 to 1994. He served as president of the American Orthopedic Association in 2003–04. He also served on the board of trustees for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery for six years, including two years as treasurer. He was recognized by Baldwin-Wallace College in May 2008 when he was invited to return as Commencement speaker and was awarded an honorary doctor of science. From VUMC Reporter May 13, 2016 https://news.vumc.org/2016/05/13/vanderbilt-university-honors-24-as-emeriti-faculty/


5.19 Cubic Feet (14 Hollinger Boxes)

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Papers and materials beloging to Dr. Dan M. Spengler documenting his research and teaching activities. Dr. Spengler served as Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt from 1983 until he stepped down in 2009.

Physical Location

EBL Vault

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Dan Spengler.

Dan M. Spengler Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Eskind Biomedical Library Manuscripts Collection Repository

Eskind Biomedical Library
2209 Garland Ave.
Nashville TN 37232


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