Chester Allan Alper, MD

Chester Alper

Title: Pediatrician, Educator
Company: Boston Children’s Hospital
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Chester Allan Alper, MD, Pediatrician and Educator at the Boston Children’s Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.

Dr. Alper has served as a professor of pediatrics of the Harvard Medical School since 1975, and in more than 55 years in the field, feels he is doing his most important work yet. He has spent many years researching a genetic model for type 1 diabetes, and publishes his results in medical publications like the Journal of Clinical Immunology, which he has served as an editorial board member since 1999. Dr. Alper is a recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and appeared in the 65th edition of Who’s Who in America. He is also the recipient of a 1952 Detur Prize from Harvard College and a 1990 to 2000 recipient of a Merit Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.

Born to Jacob Julian and Emma Ruth Alper in Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Alper earned an AB, summa cum laude, from Harvard College in 1952 and went on to an MD, cum laude, from the Harvard Medical School in 1956. He completed an internship and assistant residency with the Harvard service of The Boston City Hospital. From 1960 to 1962, Dr. Alper was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Malmö Allmänna Sjukhus in Sweden, and returned in a similar capacity to Boston’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital until 1964. Dr. Alper returned to Harvard, and has worked with the Boston Children’s Hospital, Rockefeller University, the Immune Disease Institute, and other research institutions on medical science.

After becoming a physician, Dr. Alper served to the rank of lieutenant with the U.S. Naval Reserve at the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine for two years. During a fellowship with the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation from 1989 to 1990, Dr. Alper’s scientific work and adjunct faculty position at Rockefeller University were supported. From 1971 to 1993, Dr. Alper served as the Scientific Director of the Center for Blood Research. Furthermore, Dr. Alper has supported numerous societies, notably the Henry Kunkel Society, the American Association of Immunologists, the Association of American Physicians, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, and the American Federation of Clinical Research. In his free time, he enjoys music, calligraphy, and cartooning. Dr. Alper is the proud father of Jonathan David with his wife, Natalie Carole Katz.

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