August Frederick Jonas, MD



August Frederick Jonas, MD


August Frederick Jonas, MD, was born in Wisconsin in 1858. He started studying medicine at the age of 14 and received his degree from Bennett Medical College in Chicago in 1877. He arrived in Omaha in 1887, where he organized the surgical department at Methodist Hospital and was named chief surgeon. During WWI, Captain Jonas served as special medical aid to the Governor of Nebraska and was chair of the organizational committee for Base Hospital No. 49 and the Omaha Ambulance Company.

Dr. Jonas taught surgery at UNMC from 1898 until his retirement in 1929. He also served as dean from 1898-1902, overseeing the merger of Omaha Medical College with the University of Nebraska. As a professor of surgery, Dr. Jonas relied heavily on medical illustrations in his classes.




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