Black History Month – Samuel L. Kountz, M.D.

Samuel L. Kountz, M.D. became the first black student to be admitted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he was awarded a full medical scholarship. In 1961, he and another physician made medical history by performing the first kidney transplant using a non-twin donor. Among Kountz’s other contributions were the discovery that large doses of steroid drug could reverse acute rejection of a transplanted kidney. A tireless proponent of organ donation, he once performed a kidney transplant on live television, The Today Show, in 1976, inspiring some 20,000 viewers to offer their kidneys to patients who needed them.

– Supreme Soul

http://theintellution.com/2012/02/09/black-history-month-samuel-l-kountz-m-d/

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