Author Biographical Info

John Laws Decker was born in Brooklyn, New York on June 27, 1921. Dr. Decker received his medical degree at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University on June 1951. He held various teaching appointments including: Instructor of Medicine, Columbia University (1954-1955); Tutor in Medical Sciences, Harvard University (1957-1958); Instructor of Medicine, University of Washington (1958-1959); Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Washington (1959-1962); and Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington (1962-1965). In 1965 he became the chief of rheumatology at the National Institutes of Health and served for eighteen years. Between the years 1983-1990 Dr. Decker was the Director of the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Decker conducted research and authored publications in the fields of rheumatism, genetic rheumatism, arthritis, hypertension, ulcers, osteoporosis, and was an authority systemic lupus erythematosus.


MS 088

Publication Date(s)

July 10, 2023




Rheumatology, Genetics, Research, Lupus, Mycoplasma, Arthritis, Bethesda (MD), National Institutes of Health (U.S.), Arthritis Foundation, International Congress of Rheumatology, American Rheumatism Association, correspondence, data (information), research (documents), letters (correspondence), publications (documents), radiographs, manuscripts (documents), reprints


The papers of John L. Decker, MD primarily document his work at the National Institute of Health (NIH) as well as his involvment in professional organizations. His travel to and participation in conferences, lectures, and professional committees make up a significant portion of the papers. The papers mostly correspond to Decker's stint at the NIH, 1965-1990. However some date as far back as 1931 and as late as 1992. See more at MS 088.


Deed of gift signed by John L. Decker, M.D. 12/29/1992 , No accruals are expected for this collection.



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