#TBT Spotlight on Dr. Ernest Beutler

Photograph of Dr. Ernest BeutlerThis summer marks 40 years since Ernest Beutler, M.D. was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States.

Beutler was born in 1928 to physician parents in Berlin, Germany but the family soon immigrated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1935. Beutler went on to complete degrees at the University of Chicago and residency training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago hospitals. During his time at the University of Chicago, under the mentorship of Leon Jacobson, Beutler became interested in clinical hematology.

In 1953, during the Korean War, Beutler volunteered for the U.S. Army Medical Corps where he treated and studied malaria patients. After completing the Malaria Research Project and work on the biological warfare project, Beutler ended up back at the University of Chicago as a faculty member in the hematology division of the department of medicine.

Beutler worked at City of Hope for 20 years (1959-1979) before moving to Scripps Clinical Research Foundation as the chair of the Department of Clinical Research (1979-2008).

Throughout his 54 years of research, Beutler

contributed to improvements in diagnostic tests, treatment, and our understanding of the pathogenesis of hematological disorders, including inherited and acquired anemias; red cell enzyme abnormalities, notably glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency; iron deficiency; inherited iron overload disorders (e.g., hemochromatosis); glycolipid (lysosomal) storage diseases, especially Gaucher disease; and several types of leukemia. (Lichtman, 2012, 1).

References Retrieved from the City of Hope Archives

(1976, June/July). Dr. Ernest Beutler Honored by Nat’l. Academy of Sciences. Scope (14)4, 1.

Lichtman, M. A. (2012).  Ernest Beutler 1928-2008: A biographical memoir. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences.

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