Jack Zuckner, M.D., (Med. '47) a former professor and director of rheumatology at Saint Louis University, passed away on March 22. He was 88.
|Jack Zuckner, M.D.|
A well-known leader in the field of rheumatology, Zuckner was the first rheumatologist in the St. Louis area. He joined the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1952, and served as director of the division of rheumatology from 1955-1983.
In 1963, Zuckner developed the first pediatric arthritis clinic in Missouri at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. He also founded SLU's Arthritis Clinical and Research Center, one of the first local clinics to provide specialized care for arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
Terry Moore, M.D., who has served as director of the division of rheumatology since Zuckner retired in 1983, recalls his mentor as both an excellent clinician and educator. According to Moore, Zuckner's legacy continues in the generations of rheumatologists he helped train.
"Dr. Zuckner was highly respected by all of his peers as an outstanding clinician. As an educator, he taught his students to conduct the most definitive physical exams. He stressed the importance of working up patients completely and not missing any aspects. He was an outstanding mentor in developing that attention to detail in all of his students, residents and fellows," Moore said.
Zuckner was the first person to become a Master with the American College of Rheumatology in the state of Missouri, and held numerous leadership roles in professional organizations including The Arthritis Foundation and American Rheumatism Association.
He authored dozens of scholarly papers on arthritis and a book Arthritis: Fact/Not Fiction, which provided patients with answers to common questions concerning the disease.
Zuckner served in the U.S. Naval Reserve as a lieutenant. He graduated from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and completed residencies in internal medicine in Goldwater Memorial Hospital in New York City and St. Louis Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He developed his interest in arthritis during a research fellowship in rheumatic diseases at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell University Medical College.
Though Zuckner retired from SLU in 1983, he maintained a private practice until 1995 and continued to participate in regular division conferences up until a few years ago.
Zuckner was married to the late Phyllis Saffern Zuckner for 63 years. He is survived by his two sons, Daniel and Andrew Zuckner.