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Dr. Sumner "Jerry" Sandler Celebrated for Achievements in Medicine and Medical History

Dr. Sumner Sandler is Professor Emeritus, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Georgetown University of Medicine, Washington, DC

Dr. Sandler has published 223 journal articles on hematology and transfusion medicine, edited 3 books on transfusion medicine and served on 6 medical editorial boards.

    TULSA, OK, July 11, 2024 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Dr. Sumner "Jerry" Sandler has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Sandler received an AB degree from Princeton University where he was awarded the David Bowers Prize in American Civilization. He received his MD from New York University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and hematology at the New York University – Bellevue Medical Center, and at the National Cancer, National Institutes of Health. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), and fellow of the College of American Pathologists (FCAP). Dr. Sandler began his career as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He relocated to Jerusalem, Israel, where he served as Associate Professor of Haematology at the Hebrew University School of Medicine. He was Medical Director of the Transfusion Service at the Hadassah -- Hebrew University Medical Center, including service during the Yom Kippur War when the hospital was converted to a 100-bed military facility. Returning stateside, Dr. Sandler served as Associate Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for blood services and medical operations at the National Headquarters, American Red Cross. He was responsible for medical and laboratory operations for Red Cross' nationwide blood services during the AIDS pandemic. Most recently, Dr. Sandler served as Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Sandler has published 223 journal articles on hematology and transfusion medicine, edited 3 books on transfusion medicine and served on 6 medical editorial boards. Among numerous awards, he received the FDA Commissioner's Special Citation "In recognition of sustained excellence in cooperation and creativity in problem solving related to the challenge of rapid implementation of anti-HIV donor testing nationwide," and the US Public Health Service's plaque "In special recognition for outstanding contributions to the Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability." For his service as Vice President of the International Society of Blood Transfusion, and for providing numerous invited lectures and educational programs worldwide, he was awarded lifetime "Honorary Member" by the International Society of Blood Transfusion. He was one of two official delegates to represent the State of Israel and its national society, Magen David Adom, at the 17th Statuary Congress of the International Red Cross, Nairobi, Kenya, when MDA received membership in the International Red Cross Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

During his medical career, Dr. Sandler made numerous academic contributions to the history of medicine. Based on original research, Dr. Sandler contributed four biographies of American physicians published as articles in the New England Journal of Medicine's "Doctors Afield" series. In his biography of Dr. John Clarke, founder of the Newport, Rhode Island Colony, Dr. Sandler cited evidence that established Dr. Clarke's Rhode Island Charter of 1663 as the first comprehensive doctrine of religious and political freedom in the New World. In his biography of Dr. William Francis Channing, Boston physician and inventor of the first municipal fire alarm system, Dr. Sandler illustrated how Dr. Channing modeled his citywide fire alarm system after the anatomy of the human nervous system. In a biography of Dr. Benjamin Rush, the only physician to sign the Declaration Of Independence, Dr. Sandler focused on Dr. Rush's Philadelphia practice and 70 medical pamphlets. For his fourth Doctors Afield biographical article, Dr. Sandler reviewed the evidence that Dr. Holley Chivers, a Southern physician and poet, was accurate when he claimed that Edgar Allan Poe's "Nevermore" refrain in "The Raven" was plagiarized from Dr. Chivers' earlier poem "Lament on the Death of My Mother." Dr. Sandler reviewed the original journal publications of Dr. Chivers' and Poe's poems and validated Dr. Chiver's claim of precedence for the innovative rhyme, theme, refrain and meter of "The Raven." Dr. Sandler's supported his conclusion by citing Poe's confession hidden in his "The Philosophy of Composition," where Poe admitted "Of course I pretend no originality in either the rhyme or metre of the 'Raven.'"

Dr. Sandler's most noteworthy research in medical history relates to John Locke, best known as an English philosopher, but who had a brief medical practice in London after obtaining his bachelor in medicine (1675). Dr. Sandler's journal article "Lockean ideas in Jefferson's Bill of Establishing Religious Freedom published in The Journal of the History of Ideas established Dr. Sandler's credential as an academic historian. In this article, Dr. Sandler demonstrated, for the first time, that four of Jefferson's previously misidentified folio papers were, in fact, Jefferson's reading notes on John Locke's A Letter Concerning Toleration and formed the outline for Jefferson's landmark A Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom. Thirty years later, the Journal's editors selected Dr. Sandler's article and 24 others for a 50-year Festschrift book of the Journal's publications, commenting "These essays from the Journal of the History of Ideas represent over five decades of distinguished and permanently valuable scholarship that has enlarged and sharpened our understanding of the Enlightenment in America." Dr. Sandler followed with "Poe's indebtedness to Locke's "An Essay Concerning Human Understanding" published in Boston University Studies in English. In this journal article, Dr. Sandler demonstrated for the first time how Poe -- without crediting Locke -- created mystery and awe when characters in his short stories participated in events that contradicted [Locke's] laws of nature.

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