Title: Medical Educator, Researcher
Company: School of Medicine, University of New Mexico
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Arthur D. Bankhurst, MD, Medical Educator and Researcher at the School of Medicine of the University of New Mexico, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medicine and science.
As a young man, Dr. Bankhurst always wanted to be a doctor. His mother was a nurse in World War I. After hearing about her experiences, he went into rheumatology because of the numerous exciting scientific possibilities, which could be applied quickly to the treatment of human diseases. Dr. Bankhurst began his professional career as an intern in medicine at University Hospital in Cleveland in 1962, completing this role in one year before moving up the ranks to resident and fellow from 1965 to 1969. He then served as a research fellow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia, from 1969 to 1971, and then a senior research fellow in the research unit at the University of Geneva-World Health Organization from 1971 to 1973. In the following months, he joined the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico as an assistant professor from 1973 to 1977, associate professor from 1977 to 1981, and professor of medicine and microbiology from 1981 to 2020. Currently recognized as a professor emeritus, Dr. Bankhurst has also directed the department of rheumatology since 1979.
In addition to this tenure, from 1977 to 1981, Dr. Bankhurst served on the fellowship committee for the National Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta and chaired the ambulatory care review committee for the State of New Mexico. He has also chaired the New Mexico Rheumatic Disease Society since 1990. Prior to the start of his professional career, Dr. Bankhurst pursued a formal education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry in 1958. He then attended Case Western Reserve University, where he attained an MD in 1962. Additionally, he served as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy from 1963 to 1965. Furthermore, he is a diplomate of the American Board of Medicine and the American Board of Rheumatology.
The regional chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s education council in Albuquerque in 1988, Dr. Bankhurst has been the associate editor for the Journal of Immunology from 1984 to 1987, as well as Clinical Immunology and Immunopathology since 1988. A contributor of over 200 articles to professional journals, he is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American Association of Immunologists, the American College of Rheumatology and Phi Lambda Epsilon. Likewise, he maintains involvement with the British Society of Immunology, the Western Society of Clinical Investigation and the Western Association of Physicians. In light of his achievements, Dr. Bankhurst received the Ralph Williams Research Award in 1989 and is a Decorated Knight of the Republic of Liberia. Furthermore, he is a National Institutes of Health grantee and laureate of the American College of Physicians, among other honors. He is also listed in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and several editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the West.
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