Karl Hellstrom

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Washington
Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

Karl Hellstrom, Professor Emeritus at the University of Washington, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical education and research.

Dr. Hellstrom was prompted to enter the field of science at the age of 16 by the tragic passing of his father from colon cancer. In his career, Dr. Hellstrom has gone on to benefit the field with numerous patents, as well as teaching and preparing future generations of medical professionals.

Dr. Hellstrom retired as professor emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine in 2006, having worked in different capacities at this institution since the mid-1960s. Prior to joining the school, he taught and conducted research at the Karolinska Institute Medical School. Dr. Hellstrom himself was a graduate of the Karolinska Institute, earning a Candidate of Medicine in 1955 and an MD and PhD in 1964. He relocated to the United States in 1966 and served in positions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Oncogen, the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, and the Pacific Northwest Research Institute.

An expert in the medical industry, Dr. Hellstrom has maintained affiliation with a variety of organizations, including the Clinical Immunology Society, the American Association for Clinical Research, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Immunologists. He has served on numerous editorial boards and contributed to more than 460 scientific publications. Dr. Hellstrom has also had the opportunity to work with his wife, Ingegerd, on a number of projects, and they jointly hold a number of patents.

Dr. Hellstrom’s work has earned him recognition by numerous organizations. In 1980, he received a Humboldt Award and before that he was granted a Knight of the Northern Star, First Class, from the Swedish Order of Merit. The American Cancer Society recognized his contributions with the National Award for Cancer Research in 1974, having been presented with the Pap Award for Outstanding Contribution in Cancer Research from the Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute the previous year. Dr. Hellstrom has also been the recipient of the Parke Davis Award in Experimental Pathology and the Lucy Wortham James Award from the Ewing Society.

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