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Enrique Chaves, MD

Enrique Chaves, MD
Affiliate Clinical Professor Emeritus
(913) 588-6371 -- office

Education and training

  • University of Oklahoma, M.D.
  • Mayo Clinic, Pediatric residency
  • Mayo Clinic, Neurology residency
  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Research, Teaching and Service

My interest in the History of Medicine started when I was a rotating intern at Gorgas Hospital, Panama Canal Zone, in 1964. Then I returned to Panama as a pediatrician in 1967 and continued my research into tropical pediatrics and the medical history of the Panama Canal. After I retired in 2002, several years were spent gathering all the material for a book published in 2007 on the life of Samuel T. Darling, a pathologist who discovered histoplasmosis while working in Panama during the construction of the Panama Canal. Other protagonists of interest have been Carlos J. Finlay, who first proposed the mosquito-vector hypothesis of yellow fever in 1881 and Clara Maass, a nurse from New Jersey who died during the yellow fever human experiments in Cuba in 1900. I have just completed a compilation of all the articles published in the Proceedings of the Canal Zone Medical Association between 1908 and 1928. The Clendening History of Medicine Library has been a splendid resource and of invaluable help in my research.


Chaves-Carballo E.American Medicine and the Panama Canal. The Proceedings of the Canal Zone Medical Association. Abstracts and Annotated Bibliography (1908-1927). Morgan Hill, CA: Bookstand Publishing, 2014 (436 pp).

Chaves-Carballo E. Apuntes para el Centenario: La Salud y el Canal de Panamá (1904-1927). Panama: Universal Books, 2014 (514 pp).

Selected Publications

Chaves-Carballo E. La fiebre amarilla y el hospital Ancón [Yellow fever and Ancon Hospital]. Revista Cultural La Lotería 2016; (Nov-Dec, No. 529): 99-105.

 Velasquez SE, Chaves-Carballo E, Nelson EL. Pediatric teleneurology: a model of epilepsy care for rural populations. Pediatric Neurology 2016; 64: 32-37. 

Presentations and Exhibits

Co-Curator: "The Panama Canal: A triumph of American Medicine," KUMC Special Collections on-line exhibit: May 2016.

"American Medicine and the Panama Canal: The Control of Yellow Fever, Malaria and other Tropical Diseases" KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Lawrence, May 7, 2015.

Co-curator: "A triumph of American Medicine: William Gorgas, Ancon Hospital and the Panama Canal", Clendening History of Medicine Library and Museum, 2014-2015.

"American Medicine and the Panama Canal: Miasmas, Mosquitoes and Malaria" Linda Hall Library Lecture Series, December 4, 2014.

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018