Gustave Dammin



From “Brigham and Women’s Hospital, pathology history”

...Gus, as he was fondly known by his friends and colleagues, soon became one of the important members of the team that performed the first successful kidney transplant in 1954.  He made seminal observations in the early days of organ transplant pathology and contributed to the understanding of mechanism of organ and tissue rejection.  Dr. Dammin's service in the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board and the various national and international pathology societies brought him to travel extensively around the globe.  Continued from the interest in tropical parasitic diseases which he studied during his world war II service in Burma, he studied many infectious diseases, especially of gastrointestinal origin.  Later in his life, he was involved in the study of Lyme disease and babesiosis, two diseases endemic to Nantucket island where his wife was born. Dr. Andrew Spielman, discoverer of the deer tick that transmits the organisms that cause both diseases, later named the deer tick Ixodes dammini in Dr. Dammin's honor.