Robert A. Good, MD, PhD, DSc, FACP - The Father of Modern Immunology.  1922-2003 
 Robert A Good Archives

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Robert A. Good, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., FACP

Robert A. Good, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., FACP

Birth Date: May 21, 1922, Crosby, Minnesota, U.S.A.
Died: June 13, 2003, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.
Citizenship: U.S.A.
Languages: English, French, German


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University of Minnesota
Ph.D. 1947
M.D. 1947
B.A. 1944


University of Minnesota Hospitals, 1946-1949


Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research, New York, 1949-1950
Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Fellow in Rheumatic Fever Research, 1948-1950


Markle Foundation Scholar in Medical Science, 1950-1955


National Institutes of Health

The Eleanor Naylor Dana Charitable Trust
March of Dimes


Minnesota: 1950-1972

University of Minnesota Medical School: Click here for University of Minnesota TC: Kiosk

  • Instructor of Pediatrics , 1950-1951
  • Chief Resident in Pediatrics, 1950-1951
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, 1952-1953
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 1953-1954
  • American Legion Memorial Professor of Pediatrics, 1954-1973
  • Professor of Microbiology, 1962-1972
  • Regent’s Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology, 1969-1972

New York: 1973-1982

Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research

  • President and Director, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York 1973-1980
  • Member, Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, New York 1973-1981
  • Director, Sloan-Kettering Division, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University Medical College, New York, 1973-198 0
  • Professor of Pathology, Sloan-Kettering Division, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell University Medical College, New York, 1973-1981

Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases

  • Attending Physician, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, New York, 1973-1981

The New York Hospital

  • Attending Pediatrician, The New York Hospital, New York, 1973-1982

The Rockefeller University

  • Adjunct Professor and Visiting Physician, The Rockefeller University, New York, 1973-1982

Oklahoma: 1982-1985

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

  • Member and Head, Cancer Research Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, 1982-1985
  • Professor of Pediatrics, Research Professor of Medicine Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, 1982-1985

Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital

  • Attending Physician and Head, Section of Pediatric Immunology, Oklahoma Children’s Memorial Hospital, Oklahoma City, 1982-1985

University of Oklahoma

  • Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, 1982-1985
  • Adjunct Professor of Human Development, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oklahoma, Norman, 1983-1985

Florida: 1985-2003

University of South Florida

  • Chairman, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1985-1991
  • Professor of Pediatrics, University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, 1985-2003
  • Head, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Training Program, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1985-2002
  • University Professor and Professor of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1985-2003
  • Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1987-2003
  • Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1989-2003
  • Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida, Tampa, 1989-2003
  • Chief, Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, 1991-2001

All Children’s Hospital

  • Physician-in-Chief, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, 1985-2001
  • Director, Allergy and Immunology Training Program, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, 1986-2003
  • Director, Children’s Research Institute, All Children’s Hospital, St. Petersburg, 1985-2003


Cellular Basis of Immunity 1944-1970
Thymus Function and Thymic Hormones 1959-1979
Two-Component Concept of Immunity 1952-1969
Immunodeficiency Diseases 1975-1980
Cellular Engineering 1954-2003
Undernutrition 1985-2003


Honorary Degrees

Doctor of Medicine University of Uppsala, Uppsala, Sweden, 1966
Doctor of Science New York Medical College, New York, 1973
Doctor of Science Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, 1973
Doctor of Science College of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey,1974
Doctor of Science Hahnemann Medical College, Philadelphia, 1974
Doctor of Science University of Chicago, Chicago, 1974
Doctor of Science St. John’s University, New York, 1977
Professor of Emeritus Catholic Medical College, Seoul, South Korea, 1977
Doctor of Science University of Health Sciences, The Chicago Medical School, Chicago, 1978
Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, Miami Children’s Hospital, Miami,1986
Doctor of Science University of Rome, Rome, Italy, 1979
Doctor of Science Honoris Causa, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis,1989
Doctor of Science Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan, 1991
Regents Professor University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Lifetime Achievement Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award, The International Society of Experimental Hematology
In recognition of outstanding contributions to the understanding of immune system function and for courageous and pioneering research in the development of bone marrow transplantation.
Tampa, Florida, July 9, 2000

Lifetime Achievement Award, The Business Journal and Humana
For the many outstanding accomplishments of tremendous commitment to health care in the Tampa Bay Area, Tampa, Florida,
March 15, 2000

Lifetime Achievement Award, Arthritis Foundation*
For service to the medical community for more than 55 years and for credit with untold discoveries and breakthroughs in immunology, including performing the first successful bone marrow transplant.
Clearwater, Florida, November 3, 2000

Lifetime Achievement Award, All Children’s Hospital Foundation Society
For tireless efforts on behalf of children through treatment, research, teaching , advocacy and philanthropy.
St. Petersburg, May 1994

Lifetime Achievement Award, The Immune Deficiency Foundation
Columbia, Maryland, 1992

National, International Major Awards and Honors

Albert Lasker Clinical Medical Research Award
For uniquely important contributions to our understanding of the mechanisms of immunity, discovery of the role of the thymus, and launching an era of cellular engineering.  1970

Gairdner Foundation Award
In recognition of many contributions to the understanding of host defense mechanisms.
Toronto, Canada 1970

Borden Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges

Howard Taylor Ricketts Award, University of Chicago
For outstanding contributions to understanding resistance to infection.
Chicago, 1970

The Squibb Award*
For Excellence of Achievement, by the Infectious Disease Society of America

Parke-Davis 6th Annual Award
For Excellence of Research in Experimental Pathology

Theobald Smith Award
For Outstanding Research Contributions to Medical Science

The E. Mead Johnson Award*
For Outstanding Research Contributions to Pediatrics

Rector’s Medal, University of Helsinski
For Outstanding Contributions to Medicine and Microbiology
Helsinski, Finland, 1963

David A. Karnofsky Medal and Lecture, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Given to individuals well known for clinical research and who have changed the practice of oncology.

American College of Physicians Award
For distinguished contributions to science as related to medicine.

Lila Gruber Memorial Award
For cancer Research, American Academy of Dermatology

Merieux Foundation Award, The International Society for Preventive Oncology
For Preventive Oncology.
April 198

Gold Headed Cane, University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics
For a lifetime of achievement in clinical medicine.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1990

The Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Medal, His Excellency The Emperor of Japan
For great achievements in academic research, and further development of scientific exchange between The United States of America and Japan.
The Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan May 1998

Claude Bernard Prize, World Medical Communications
May 1987

Theodore and Venetter Askounes-Ashford Distinguished Scholar Award, University of South Florida
Tampa, October 1990

Silver Medal and Dean’s Citation, Shinshu University
Matsumoto, Japan, September 1991

Award of Excellence, Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities
For advancing children’s health through his work in bone marrow transplantation, immunology and immunodeficiency disease.
St. Petersburg, October 1991

Councill C. Rudolph Award , The medical staff of All Children’s Hospital
For Excellence in Pediatric Care
St. Petersburg, October 1991

John Howland Award, The American Pediatric Society
For a Lifetime of distinguished contribution to the field of pediatrics.
April 1987

International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry Award
For pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation.

The 1993 INIG Award, The International Nutritional Immunology Group
For outstanding contributions to Nutrition and Immunology.
St. Petersburg, Florida, 1994

The International Society for Experimental Hematology Award
In recognition of pioneering leadership and accomplishments in immunobiology, bone marrow transplantation, biomedical science and clinical medicine for more than 50 years.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1994

International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry 25th Anniversary Award, Medical College of Wisconsin,
In recognition of important role as a founder of the IBMTR, and many contributions to the field of blood and bone marrow transplantation, sharing knowledge and hope,1972-1997.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 13, 1997

Soranus Award, 4th Turkish-Hellenic Scientific Meeting on Materno-Fetal Medicine
For presentation in the field of Materno-Fetal Medicine.
Cappadocia-Neveshir, Turkey, October 9-12, 1997

Award with Honor and Distinguished Scientist Confirmation, The Turkish Academy of Sciences**
In recognition of scientific eminence, erudition and exception place in the world of scientists.
March 5, 1999

Member of the Ambassador David M. Walters Hall of Fame, The Mary Ann Knight International Institute of Pediatrics, Miami Children’s Hospital
Miami, Florida, November 5, 1999

American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Award honoring three Giants; George Santos, Robert Good and E. Donnall Thomas
For achievement in blood and marrow transplantation and recognition of presentation of the 2000 Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Lecture of the ASBMT Annual Meeting,
Anaheim, California, March 30, 2000

Cited as one of America’s Top Doctors, premier edition of national guide
“America’s Top Doctors 2001”, outstanding medical specialists throughout the United States

Cited as One of America’s Top Doctors

Cited as One of America’s Top Doctors

Cited as One of America’s Top Doctors: Southeastern Region

Cited as one of the Best Doctors in America

The most cited scientist in the world in a ten year period, The Citation Index

Awards and Honors

Award of Appreciation, The Czechoslovak Immunological Society
For scientific and organizational efforts and contributions to the profess of immunology, rapidly advancing the field of biomedical sciences.
Prague, 1992

Travel Grant Award, 9th Annual 3M Pharmaceuticals, American College of Allergy and Immunology
November 1991

Merit Award, Department of the United States Department of Health & Human Services
In recognition of outstanding and superior research competence and productivity in respect to the Cellular Engineering Grant, for an additional five years.
Bethesda, Maryland, February 1992

Award of Appreciation, The Chinese Society of Immunology
For contributions to the practice of bone marrow transplantation.
China, 1989

Award of Appreciation, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Florida, College of Medicine
Tampa, December 1991

Award in Cancer Immunology, Cancer Research Institute
New York, 1975

Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, 1978

Sarasota Medical Award*
For Achievement and Excellence
Sarasota, Florida, 1979

The Section on Military Pediatrics Award , The American Academy of Pediatrics

Hacettepe University Medal
Ankara, Turkey, 1982

Claude Bernard Medal, University of Lyon
Lyon, France, September 1986

Welcome Visiting Professorship, Federation for American Scientists of Experimental Biology

Distinguished Medical Scientist of Florida Award, The Florida Society of Pathologists
For Outstanding contribution to medicine.
January 1989

Distinguished Research Professor, College of Medicine, University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida, May 1989

Distinguished Research Professor and University Research Medallion Award, Colleagues of the University of South Florida
For recognition of outstanding accomplishments.
Tampa, 1989

Florida Chapter Award, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
For contributions in allergy and immunology.
Tampa, 1993

Certificate of Appreciation, Immune Deficiency Foundation
For support of the Immune Deficiency Foundation and its efforts on behalf of primary immune deficiency diseases.
Tampa, 1993

John P. McGovern Lectureship Award, American College of Allergy and Immunology
For contributions to the VIII International Food Allergy Symposium and leadership in the field of Allergy and Immunology.
Denver, Colorado, 1993

Endowed Chair, All Children’s Hospital and the University of South Florida
On the anniversary of and recognition of 50 years in biomedical research.
St. Petersburg, Florida, May 1994

Paul Harris Fellow Award, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International
In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.
St. Petersburg, Florida, 1994

Honorary Member*, The section on Allergy and Immunology, The American Academy of Pediatrics
For outstanding contributions to the field of allergy and immunology, and to the benefit of children everywhere.
Dallas, Texas, 1994

Honorary Fellow, The Philippine Pediatric Society
For excellence in the field of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology
Manila, The Philippines, 1995

Miracle Maker Award, Robitussin-Dimetappe & Wyeth Pediatrics
In recognition of being an outstanding children’s physician , for contribution to children’s health care and for exceptional patient, hospital and community service.
Tampa, Florida, 1995

David A. Talmage Lecture Award, The Colorado Allergy Society
In Recognition of monumental contributions to the understanding of immunology and molecular biology.
Aspen, Colorado, 1995

Case Western University Hospitals, Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Award, The 5th anniversary of Gene Therapy
For outstanding contributions to medicine and humanity via cellular engineering.
Cleveland, Ohio, 1995

Visiting Professor Award, Kansai Medical University
In recognition for contribution to medical education and medical research.
Osaka, Japan, 1995

NAACP Medical Award, St. Petersburg Branch NAACP
For work in immunodeficiency and sickle cell anemia disease.
St. Petersburg, Florida, June 5, 1999

The Robert A. Good Conference Room, The National Marrow Donor Program
In recognition of achievement and longtime dedication, commitment and service to the National Marrow Donor Program.
Seattle, Washington, June 7, 2001

Fellowship, Molecular Medicine Society
An international society dedicated to research and education.

Distinguished Research Professor in Immunology, California College of Medicine, Division of Basic and Clinical Immunology, University of California at Irvine
For outstanding contributions to the field of immunology.
Irvine, California, 1996

Visiting Professorship Award, Alpha Omega Alpha, Finch University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School
Chicago, Illinois, September 1996

Steven C. Beering Award, University of Indiana
For outstanding achievement in biomedical science.
October 1996

Robert A. Good Day
St. Petersburg, Florida March 18, 1990

Robert A. Good Day, State of Minnesota Governor’s Proclamation
Minneapolis, January 12, 1973


Past President

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Central Society for Clinical Research
  • Reticulo Endothelial Society
  • Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine
  • Past President, American Association of Immunologists
  • Past President, American Association of Pathologists


  • American College of Physicians
  • Royal Society of Medicine

Honorary Fellow

  • Honorary Fellow, The Philippine Pediatric Society
    For excellence in the field of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology,
    Manila, The Philippines, April 4, 1995
  • Honorary Fellow,
    Dallas, Texas, 1994


  • National Academy of Sciences
  • Charter Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • American Pediatric Society
  • Association of American Physicians
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • International Society of Blood Transfusion
  • International Society For Experimental Hematology
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology
  • United States Pharmacopeia, Division of Immunosuppressives
  • University of South Florida Institute on Aging, 1996
  • Charter Member, International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry, 1989

Honorary Member

  • Honorary Member, American Society of Transplant Surgeons
    For accomplishments as an honorary member of the society and seminal contributions to the field of transplantation,
    September 1990
  • Honorary Member, Medical Staff of Miami Children’s Hospital,
    Miami, FL 1986
  • Honorary Member, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology
    Outstanding contributions to the field of Allergy and Immunology, and to the benefit of children everywhere.
  • Honorary Member, The Japanese Cancer Association
    In recognition of achievements for many years in cancer research in Japan.
    September 27, 1979
  • Honorary Member*, Wright State University Academy of Medicine
    May 15, 1978

Advisory Boards

State of Florida, Governor’s Task Force on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
Chairman 1985-1987
Member 1988-1992

Nominee to the Presidential Commission on Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
June 1987

Scientific Advisor*, President Nixon’s ‘Conquest of Cancer’ Panel

International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry
Chairman 1977-1979
Member 1980-2003
Nominated charter member 1989

Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences**
The People’s Republic of China

World Health Organization (WHO), Scientific Group on Immunodeficiency

Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
Basic Biomedical Sciences, Committee on National Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel
Panel member 1984

Editorial Boards

  • American Journal of Medicine
  • Anticancer Research
  • Blood
  • Cancer Investigations
  • Clinical Immunology
  • Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology
  • Hospital Practice
  • International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology
  • Journal of Clinical Immunology
  • Journal of Clinical Investigation
  • Modern Medicine, National Advisory Board
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, (PNAS)
  • Thymus
  • Transplantation Proceedings


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Dr. Good authored more than 2500 peer reviewed scientific papers, abstracts and has written or edited more than 50 books and numerous other articles.

He has trained and educated more than 300 students from all over the world, each of whom specializes in analyzing and developing cellular and humoral immunology and related disciplines. More than 200 of these former students or associated are presently professors or department chairs around the world.

He is famous for his references to studying diseases as ‘experiments of nature’ and his famous quote made after the 1968 first successful bone marrow transplant when he said ‘of one thing I am sure, the last word has not been written on the subject’.

He saw the best in people, stimulated them to give their best and gave credit where it was due. He was a magnificent and indefatigable professor, scientist, mentor, role model, humanitarian and friend and he will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.

* First Time Awarded
** First Foreign Awardee

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