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Samuel Charles Bukantz



Samuel Charles Bukantz, MD, professor emeritus and founding director of the University of South Florida (USF) Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, passed away in October 2008 at the age of 97. Dr. Bukantz earned his MD from New York University College of Medicine in 1930, graduating with the highest academic standing in his class. He completed an internship and residency at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City in pathology, microbiology and internal medicine from 1934 to 1938. Immediately thereafter, Dr. Bukantz entered private practice and, with a part-time fellowship award in pneumonia research at Harlem Hospital, he published several papers on the biology of pneumococcus and the treatment of pneumococcal pneumonia. In 1940, he was awarded a Parmalee Fellowship at Emergency Hospital in Washington, DC, where he completed an in vitro study of sulfonamide sensitivity. The following year, he enlisted in the Army Medical Corps, but remained in Washington, DC, as he was assigned to the Medical Department Professional Service School at the Army Medical Center. There he developed studies on the immunology of typhus fever and malaria and …

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