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immunologist , research consultant , medical educator

H. David Kay, American medical educator, research immunologist, cancer research consultant. Achievements include invention of blood defibrinator. Grantee, National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society; National Institutes of Health fellow.


Kay, H. David was born on September 6, 1943 in Glendale, Ohio, United States. Son of Herbert Ralph and Adrienne Wilhelmina (Spruit) Kay.


Bachelor of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1966. Master of Science in Cell Biology, Iowa State University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy in Immunology, Iowa State University, 1972.


Postdoctoral training University Texas M.D. Anderson Hospital, Houston, 1972—1973, staff scientist, 1973—1975. Visiting scientist National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, 1975—1978. Assistant professor to associate professor University Virginia School Medicine, Charlottesville, 1978—1982, director rheumatology research, 1980—1982, cell sorter, laboratory, 1980—1982.

Associate professor medicine University Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, since 1983, director, Experimental Immunology Laboratory, since 1983, chairman, founder Immunology Council, 1984—1988. Member Medical Sciences Interdeptl. Area Graduate Committee, since 1988.

Research immunologist Veterans Administration Medical Center, Omaha, since 1985, chairperson, research development committee for research service, since 1986. Member VA Merit Review Board.


  • Achievements include invention of blood defibrinator.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member Omaha Youth Symphony Association, 1984, 1987. Soloist, adult teacher First Covenant Church, Omaha, 1983—1987, Community Covenant Church, since 1987. Member of Nebraska Coalition Peace, National Arbor Day Foundation, National Audubon Society, American Science Affiliation (publicity chairman Houston chapter 1974-1975, vice president Washington chapter 1977-1978), Tissue Culture Association, American Federation Clinical Research, American Association Cancer Research, International League Against Rheumatism, American Rheumatism Association, American Association Immunologists.


  • Other Interests

    Photography, tennis, skiing, racquetball, astronomy.


Married Judith Jean Willeke, July 12, 1968. Children: Carrie Sue, Emily Jennifer.

Herbert Ralph Kay

Adrienne Wilhelmina (Spruit) Kay

Judith Jean Willeke

Emily Jennifer Kay

Carrie Sue Kay