The World’s Oldest Practicing Physician Dies

By Karin Krisher

Dr. Leila Denmark began her career as the first resident of Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children in Atlanta, admitting the first patient. That was in 1928.

oldest practicing physicianShe retired at 103 as the world’s oldest practicing physician, and died Sunday in Athens, GA at 114, the world’s fourth oldest person.

Dr. Denmark began her personal pediatrics practice in her home in 1931 and saw patients all hours of the day for 70 years, including those children in desperate need of care during the Great Depression.

Family members cited Dr. Denmark’s love of her work and her diet as the reasons for her longevity. Her commitment to the craft of healing was unparalleled.