Jan van Eys MD, PhD

Jan van Eys

Title: Retired Pediatrician, Educator, Administrator
Location: Nashville, Tennessee, United States 

Jan van Eys MD, PhD, retired pediatrician, educator and administrator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in pediatrics.

At the core of Dr. van Eys’ success over the last five decades is morals, ethics and compassion instilled in him by a plethora of great role models growing up. He was taught from a young age that the best way to give back is to care for others. His father’s good friend, who was a physician, inspired him to enter the medical field; however, it wasn’t until he became a father himself that he developed a strong interest in pediatric care. In short, it was his calling to become a pediatrician. To prepare for his career, Dr. van Eys first invested his time and efforts into his educational accomplishments. In 1955, he earned a PhD in biochemistry after completing his undergraduate and graduate studies. He then went on to achieve an MD from the University of Washington in 1966. Dr. van Eys completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the prestigious Vanderbilt University Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee, where he also taught for many years in biochemistry and pediatrics.

Now an honored clinical professor emeritus of the school of medicine at Vanderbilt University, Dr. van Eys has held many impactful roles in his career. He was a clinical professor of pediatrics at the university for 12 years after spending many years teaching at the University of Texas Medical School. While there, he was honored as a David R. Park professor of pediatrics and spent seven years as a chair of the department. Dr. van Eys also served the M.D. Anderson Hospital at the University of Texas for a total of 17 years as its Mosbacher chair, Mosbacher professor of pediatrics, head of the pediatrics division, and pediatrician. Considered an expert in his field, Dr. van Eys has shared his insights through his involvement in prominent industry organizations as a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Nutrition. He is also a member of the American Pediatric Society, the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Medical Writers Association, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, the Southern Medical Association, the World Federation for Hemophilia, the Texas Pediatric Society, the Houston Pediatric Society, the Houston Academy of Medicine and the Harris County Medical Association.

Dr. van Eys is a diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners, the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. Notably in his career, he chaired along with Dr. James Bowen, a committee charged with developing a code of ethics for MD Anderson Cancer Center. The code was adopted and the deliberations toward the adoption were published in book-form as, “Jan van Eys and James M. Bowen, The Common Bond,” by Charles C Thomas in 1984. Dr. van Eys has also authored noteworthy titles that include “Humanity and Personhood: Personal Reactions to a World in Which Children Can Die,” “Nicotinic Acid, Drug, Nutrient and Cofactor,” and “The Least Among Thee.” He has also been a contributor of numerous articles, abstracts, papers, book chapters, and reviews to professional publications, as well as an editor with J.T. Truman and C. Pochedly for “Human Values in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,” and with R.A. Dowell and D. Copeland on “The Child With Cancer in the Community.”

Looking ahead to the future, Dr. van Eys intends to enjoy his well-deserved retirement while taking on opportunities in the medical field to advise on select projects.

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