Samuel L Katz

Graduating class of 1944



One of the central figures in infectious diseases in America, Professor Samuel Katz is credited, along with Dr. John Enders, with developing the measles vaccine that is used throughout the world. A world-renowned physician, Professor Katz is a 1948 graduate of Dartmouth College and a 1952 graduate of the Harvard University Medical School. After holding a number of positions with hospitals and the Harvard Medical School, he joined the Duke University School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics as Professor and Chairman in 1968. He was appointed to an endowed chair, the Wilburt C Davison Professorship in Pediatrics in 1968. He continues to serve as Professor Emeritus. Professor Katz was presented with the 1996 Medical Award of Excellence by the Ronald McDonald House Charities. The $100,000 award was donated to the Duke Department of Pediatrics to help support children's infectious disease programs, particularly AIDS treatment and research. A recipient of numerous teaching awards, Professor Katz received the Presidential Medal of Leadership and Achievements from Dartmouth College in 1991.