Virginia Kneeland Frantz (November 13, 1896 - August 23, 1967) was a pathologist and educator credited with a series of discoveries in the study of thyroid, breast and pancreatic tumors. From 1924 to 1962 she taught surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, becoming a full professor in 1951.
Her major achievements include:
- In 1922, New York Presbyterian Hospital, first woman surgery intern
- In 1935, she and Allen O. Whipple described the insulin secretion of pancreatic tumors.
- In 1959, she wrote a study on tumors of the pancreas which became the standard text in the field
- In 1961 she became the first female president of the American Thyroid Association.
Awards and honors
- Army-Navy Certificate of Appreciation for Civilian Service, 1948
- Janeway Medal, 1962
- Columbia University, Bicentennial Silver Medal, 1967
- Student of Arthur Purdy Stout, noted alumnae of Brearley School, Columbia named award after her and presented to Rita Charon
- Virginia Kneeland Franz Society
- Franz, V. K., Forsythe, R., Hanford, J. M., & Rogers, W. M. (1942). Lateral aberrant thyroid. Ann. Surg, 115, 161-183.
- Franz, M.D., Virginia Kneeland & Harvey, M.D., Harold Doric. (1946). Introduction to Surgery. New York and London: Geoffrey Cumberlege, Oxford University Press.
- Franz, V. (1959). Papillary tumors of the pancreas: benign or malignant. Frantz VK. Atlas of tumor pathology. Washington DC: US Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 32-3.
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