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