Black History Month – Samuel L. Kountz, M.D.

The Intellectual Revolution presents…

Samuel L. Kountz, M.D.

Samuel L. Kountz, M.D. became the first black student to be admitted to the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he was awarded a full medical scholarship. In 1961, he and another physician made medical history by performing the first kidney transplant using a non-twin donor. Among Kountz’s other contributions were the discovery that large doses of steroid drug could reverse acute rejection of a transplanted kidney. A tireless proponent of organ donation, he once performed a kidney transplant on live television, The Today Show, in 1976, inspiring some 20,000 viewers to offer their kidneys to patients who needed them.

– Supreme Soul

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