Mott, Valentine

Mott, Valentine

(1785–1865) surgeon; born in Glen Cove, N.Y. After taking his medical degree from Columbia University and studying surgery in Great Britain, he opened practice in New York City (1809) and was associated with various colleges. Rapid, skillful, and ambidextrous, he pioneered various circulatory surgeries and procedures; his fame as a bold, innovative surgeon became international. He authored no major works, but bequeathed his substantial library and a surgical and pathological museum to the New York medical profession.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.