Gary Lees, CMI

Most of us recognize Max Brödel’s artistic contributions to Medical Illustration, but only a few have seen the vast diversity of his artistic expression. This presentation takes the audience on a visual excursion to the other side of his creativity. Brödel’s artistic background in Germany, how he came to America, and his accomplishments as an illustrator of medical science will be discussed, including:

  • His classical artistic schooling in Leipzig.
  • Working and learning with Dr. Carl Ludwig, professor and Director of the Physiological Institute at the University of Leipzig.
  • Meeting Howard Kelly, Franklin Paine Mall, and William Welch who were also in Ludwig’s lab in Leipzig.
  • Arriving at Hopkins in Baltimore in 1894 and expanding his knowledge of anatomy and science.


The majority of this presentation will focus on the many delightful non-clinical examples of Max’s creative abilities:

  • Bookplate menu covers as a delightful escape from anatomy and research
  • Life drawings and charcoal portraits at the Charcoal Club of Maryland
  • Handmade dollhouse for Elizabeth
  • Furniture at the cabin on Ahmic Lake
  • Engraving on bracket fungi
  • A “portrait” game for the kids at the lake
  • Music with the Saturday Night Club
  • Beer and wine during prohibition
Gary Lees, CMI

Gary Lees, CMI

Gary Lees, CMI is Professor and Chair of the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Tulane in 1966 and his masters in Medical Illustration from the University of Michigan in 1969. His professional career began as a medical illustrator at Letter General Hospital in San Francisco.  In 1970, he accepted a position as the illustrator for the Wilmer Institute with a faculty appointment in Art as Applied to Medicine. He became the Chair of Department and the Director of the Graduate Program in Medical and Biological Illustration in 1983.