John Hartigan Honored for Service to Creighton School of Medicine
John Hartigan, M.D., will be honored Sept. 11 with the Creighton University School of Medicine’s Service Award. The award will be presented during the annual School of Medicine Alumni Reception and Dinner, held in conjunction with the school’s Destination Creighton Reunion Weekend.
Hartigan earned his medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1943 and entered private practice in Omaha in 1947. For more than 60 years, he served as a contributed faculty member in the school’s Department of Internal Medicine, volunteering as a teacher and mentor to generations of Creighton medical students and residents.
Among those who benefited from his contributed service was Robert Recker, M.D., director of Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center and a Creighton School of Medicine graduate.
“Dr. Hartigan was a great teacher and mentor of students and residents when I was in training in the 1960s. His mentoring was all contributed as he conducted a busy practice, and he was greatly appreciated by students and residents. Dr. Hartigan was a superb clinician and was revered for his rapport with patients. His patients worshiped him,” Recker recalled. “He was a role model that we all admired and respected. He is highly deserving of the School of Medicine Service Award.”
During his long and illustrious career, Hartigan served in several capacities with the Omaha-Douglas County Medical Society. He was also a member of the Omaha-Douglas County Board of Health and served one term as board president. He was president of the Omaha-Douglas County Medical Society in 1969 and Nebraska governor of the American College of Physicians, 1970-1976.