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Ludvig Hektoen was the thirteenth president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1926 to 1927. He was professor and head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Chicago from 1901 to 1935 and the founding director of the John McCormick Institute of Infectious Diseases from 1902 to 1940.
Hektoen received his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons (now the University of Illinois College of Medicine) in Chicago in 1887 and received his clinical training at the Cook County Hospital, where he was an intern (1887–1889) and pathologist (1889–1903). Hektoen began his teaching career as a lecturer at Rush Medical College from 1890 to 1892. After serving briefly as a professor of pathology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons from 1892 to 1894, Hektoen returned to Rush as professor of morbid anatomy in 1895 and was made professor of pathology there three years later. In 1901, Hektoen became professor and head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Chicago but retained his position at Rush, which was affiliated with the University of Chicago at the time, until his retirement from both institutions in 1935, when he was named professor emeritus at the University of Chicago. During his years at the University of Chicago, Hektoen established himself as a remarkable writer and editor, serving as editor of the Journal of Infectious Diseases from its founding in 1904 to 1941 and of the Archives of Pathology from its inaugural issue in 1926 to 1950.
Councillor: 1925–1926, 1927–1932
The Journal of Immunology
Advisory Board: 1916–1935
"Observations with the Precipitin Reaction," Delivered April 14, 1927
The Journal of Immunology 14, no. 1 (1927): 1–8.