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Doctor Ernst H. Beutner
August 27, 1923 - June 10th, 2013

Curriculum Vitae 

Ernst H. Beutner
Department of Microbiology
University of Buffalo SUNY
Buffalo, New York 14214

Dr. Beutner was a resident of the Western New York community for over 5 decades. Dr. Beutner served as a faculty in the University at Buffalo department of Microbiology and Immunology for over 40 years. He taught microbiology to the students of medicine and dentistry, pioneered research in immunodermatology and his research group discovered the autoantibodies that cause pemphigus (over 95% fatality rate if untreated) and pemphigoid (10% to 40% fatality rate if untreated). He developed reproducible diagnostic methods for detecting the pathogenic autoantibodies that cause these diseases. Laboratory test based on these methods are being used worldwide to diagnose these chronic, debilitating diseases. He has been honored with may prestigious awards for these important contributions to dermatology.

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B.A.1947Pennsylvania State University

Ph.D.1951University of Pennsylvania

Board CertificationsDateCertification No.

American Board of Medical Microbiology1975587

American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology19791

American Board of Bioanalysis19835345

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Years:Schools (or Laboratories); Positions and Superiors; Areas of Interest

1956 - PresentProfessor of Microbiology (U of B) - University at Buffalo, SUNY, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Beutner's responsibilities at the University consist primarily of teaching microbiology to students of medicine and dentistry, and occasionally to student nurses and medical technologists. He is best known for his discoveries on the immunopathologic mechanisms which underlie pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid. He elaborated the now generally accepted procedures and concepts for the quantitative immunochemical definition of anti-globulin conjugates and procedures for immunofluorescent studies in immunopathology. His initial studies of immunopathology, under the direction of the late Dr. Ernest Witebsky, dealt with experimental thyroiditis and allergic encephalomyelitis. These yield the first immunofluorescent demonstrations of the thyroid colloid localization of thyroglobulin antibodies and of the myelin sheath localization of antibodies found in allergic encephalomyelitis. Dr. Beutner and his associates introduced the use of the indirect immunofluorescence, passive hemagglutination and precipitation technique for the detection of the muscle antibodies associated with myasthenia gravis. He was also the first to report the performance of ANA tests by complement immunofluorescence, the presence of immunoglobulin complexes in the cells lining the sinusoids of the liver and the failure of ANA to fix to intact nuclei of living cells. Dr. Beutner and his associates characterized the immunofluorescent reactions of stratum corneum autoantibodies which occur in all adult sera and investigated their role in health and disease. Probably his most important contributions are his life-long efforts to define and standardize labeled antibody techniques for microscopy. 

1992 - PresentDirector of Diagnostics of Beutner Laboratories, further research on the immunopathology of bullous and connective tissue diseases.

1971 - 1992Director of Diagnostics and principal of the founders of IFT Diagnostics, Research on the immunopathology of bullous and connective tissue diseases. 

1955 - 1956Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA
Position and Supervisor: Research Associate under Dr. Paul F. Munson
Areas of Research: Continuation of studies on antimicrobial agents, Studies of pharmacologic action of parathyroid hormone; also bioassays of parathyroid hormones. 

1951 - 1955Sias Laboratories at the Brooks Hospital (a privately endowed research laboratory, Brookline, Massachusetts)
Position and Supervisor: Research Supervisor under Dr. Howard E. Lind
Areas of Research: Quantitation of antimicrobial susceptibility testing; experimental studies of in vivo actions of antimicrobial agents

1947 - 1951University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Position and Supervisor: Graduate Student of Dr. Stuart Mudd
Areas of Research: Cytologic and cytochemical studies of bacterial anatomy (Bacillus megaterium and Escherichiacoli). Light and electron microscopic studies of bacteriophage infected bacteria (E. Coli). 

Honors, Fellowships and Research - Teaching AbroadTop

YearInstitutionDistinctionAreas of Research or Distinction

1966, 1967Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Pualo, Brazil W.H.O. Visiting Professor at W.H.O. Immunology Research and Training Center. (Appointed Assistant Director in 1966)Course on imminofluresence and immunohistology. Initiation of studies of Brazilian pemphigus

1967Rocha Lima Prize CommitteeRecipient of Rocha Lima Diploma and MedalFor studies on the immunopathology of Brazilian pemphigus

1968Warsaw Academy of DermatologyHonorary MemberFor studies on the immunopathology of pemphigus and bullous pemphigoid

1973Austrian Dermatological SocietyHonorary Member(Same)

1977American Academy of MicrobiologyFellow

1979Lambda Lambda Chapter of Omicron Kappa UpsilonHonorary Member

1979American Board of Medical Laboratory ImmunologyDiplomat

1984The College of Physicians of PhiladelphiaFellow

1989European Academy of DermatologyThe Vincenzo Chiarugi AwardFor studies on Immunopathology of the Skin

1992American Dermatologic AssociationHonorary MemberFor studies on Immunopathology of the Skin

1993University of Trondheim, Trondheim, NorwayDr. Honoris CausaBullous disease studies

1996History of Dermatology SocietySamuel J. Zakon PrizeTuberculosis of the skin

1999American Skin AssociationInflammatory Skin Disorders Research AwardAutoimmunity in pemphigus and pemphigoid

2003American Society of DermatopathologyFounders' AwardFounding field of Immunodermatology

2006Austrian Dermatology SocietyGold Medal AwardContinuing studies of Immunodermatology

Note: Dr. Beutner serves as Secretary General both for a congress of the New York Academy of Science in Stockholm in 1971 on "Defined immunofluorescent staining" (the first international congress to be sponsored for an Annal of the NY Academy of Science in its 154th year history) and for another congress of the NY Academy of Science on "Defined Immunofluorescence and related Cytochemical Methods" in Niagara Falls, NY in 1982. 

Citation ClassicsTop

The following publications have been selected as "Citation Classics" because of the frequency with which they are cited in the literature.

PublicationsDesignated as Citation Classic by: 

Beutner, E.H. & Jordon, R.E. (1964) Demonstration of Skin Antibodies in Sera of Pemphigus Vulgaris Patients by Indirect Immunofluorescent Staining. Proc Exptl Biol Med, 117, pp. 505-510Science Citation Index

Beutner, E.H., Lever, W.F., Witebsky, E. Jordon, RE. & Chertock, B., (1965) Autoantibodies in Pemphigus Vulgaris, Response to an Intercellular Substance of the Epidermis. JAMA, 192, pp. 682-688JAMA

Jordon, RE., Beutner, E.H. Witebsky E., Blumenthal B., Hale, W.L. & Lever, W.F. (1967) Basement Zone Antibodies in Bullous Pemphigoid. JAMA, 200, pp. 751-756JAMA

Beutner, E.H., Jordon, R.E, & Chorzelski, T.P. (1968) The Immunopathology of Pemphigus and Bullous Pemphigoid. J. Invest Dermatol, 51, pp. 63-80J. Invest Dermatol