Thomas A. Waldmann, MD

Thomas A. Waldmann

Title: Chief
Company: National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Thomas A. Waldmann, MD, Chief at the National Cancer Institute with the National Institutes of Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in oncology.

An expert in oncology and immunology, Dr. Waldmann has been serving the National Cancer Institute with the National Institutes of Health in several capacities since commencing his career in 1956. Starting out as a clinical associate for two years, he then rose through the ranks to senior investigator for ten years and head of the immunophysiology section for five years. Since 1973, he has served as the chief of the Metabolism Lymphoid Malignancies Branch, a position he still holds today.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Waldmann served as chairman of the science advisory board of Healthcare Investment Corporation in Princeton, NJ, from 1986 to 2003, as well as a member of the science advisory committee and chairman of Massachusetts General Hospital from 1992 to 1996. A visiting committee member of Harvard Medical School for six years, he also served the Howard Hughes Medical Institute as a member of the medical advisory board for an additional six years. A two-time consultant with the World Health Organization in the 1970s, he was also the vice president, treasurer and board member of the Foundation for Advanced Education in Science. Notably, he served as a William Dameshek visiting professor at the University of California, Irvine, in 1984.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Waldmann pursued formal education at the University of Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1951. He subsequently attended Harvard University, receiving a Doctor of Medicine in 1955. Thereafter, he completed an internship at Massachusetts General Hospital for one year. Dr. Waldmann has since become a diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Earlier in his career, he enlisted with the U.S. Public Health Service from 1956 to 1958, 1959 to 1963, and 1975 to 1994.

Dr. Waldmann is renowned for his research in defining structure multisubunit IL-2 receptors, in identifying novel cytokine IL-15, in IL-15 and forms of IL-2R-directed therapy using alpha and beta-emitting radionuclide chelate versions of humanized monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of cancer and multiple sclerosis, and in the analysis of immunoglobulin gene rearrangements, which define clonality and classifying human lymphoid neoplasia. Notably, he is credited with the discovery of primary intestinal lymphangiectasia, which was named Waldmann’s disease, and allergic gastroenteropathy. He has contributed more than 850 articles to professional journals and was the author of “Plasma Protein Metabolism,” which was published in 1970.

A fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and an honorary fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Dr. Waldmann maintains affiliation with several more organizations, including the National Academy of Sciences, the Clinical Immunology Society, where he served as president in 1988, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, where he is an honorary member. Likewise, he is associated with the Association of American Physicians, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Waldmann has accrued several accolades. Honored by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology multiple times, he was the recipient of the Belt Schick Award, the John M. Shelton Award, the Lila Gruber Prize, the Simon Shubitz Prize, the Milken Family Medical Foundation Distinguished Basic Scientist Prize, the Artois Latour International Research Prize, the Bristol-Myers Cancer Prize and the Paul Ehrlich Medal. Named Man of the Year by the American Leukemia Society, he received the Dana Foundation Prize from the American Association of Immunologists, the Abbott Laboratory Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology from the American Society for Microbiology, and the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Earlier in his career, he received the G. Burroughs Mider Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Henry M. Stratton Medal from the American Hematology Society.

Married to Katherine Waldmann with three children, Dr. Waldmann was presented with an honorary doctorate from the University of Debrecen Medical School in 1991. He has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the World.

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