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Richard Weil was the third president of the American Association of Immunologists, serving from 1916 to 1917. A faculty member at Cornell University Medical College from 1911 until his premature death in 1917, Weil wrote the first article published in The Journal of Immunology, the fourteenth part in his “Studies in Anaphylaxis” series.
Weil received his M.D. from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1900. For the next two years, he was a resident at the German Hospital (now Lennox Hill Hospital) in New York City. From 1902 to 1904, he conducted postdoctoral research at clinics in Vienna and Strassburg, Germany (now Strasbourg, France). Upon his return to the United States in 1904, Weil accepted a position as an adjunct pathologist at the German Hospital (1904–1910). The following year, he also joined the staff at Cornell University Medical College as a demonstrator in pathology (1905–1908) and, three years later, became an instructor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics (1908–1911). In 1911, Weil received a faculty appointment at Cornell, where he spent the remainder of his career, serving as assistant professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics (1911–1915), assistant professor in the Department of Experimental Pathology (1915–1916), and professor and chair of the Department of Experimental Medicine (1916–1917). While teaching at Cornell, Weil served on the medical staffs of several area hospitals, including Montefiore (1908–1913), Mt. Sinai (1908–1917), and General Memorial (1913–1917), where he was also assistant director of cancer research (1913–1916). Commissioned into the U.S. Army Medical Corp when the United States entered the First World War in 1917, Weil was appointed chief of medical staff at Camp Wheeler near Macon, Georgia. During his service, he contracted pneumonia and died on November 19, 1917.
The Journal of Immunology
Board of Editors: 1916–1917
"The Relation between Antigen and Antibody in the Living Animal," Delivered April 6, 1917
The Journal of Immunology 2, no. 4 (1917): 399–413.