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From the June ACP Observer, copyright 2003 by the American College of Physicians.

Wallace N. Jensen, MACP

Wallace N. Jensen, MACP, a nationally known educator and pioneer in hematology, died March 13, 2003. He was 81 years old.

Born in Moroni, Utah, in 1921, Dr. Jensen graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in 1945. After an internship at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1945-46, he served in the U.S. Army until 1948. He then completed a residency at the University of Utah Hospitals in 1950 and a fellowship in medicine in 1953.

In an academic career that spanned 40 years, Dr. Jensen chaired departments of medicine and taught internal medicine and hematology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus; George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington; Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y.; and New York Medical College at the Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York. He retired in 1996.

Dr. Jensen was renowned for his significant contributions to hematology research. He helped develop the Westerman-Jensen needle for bone marrow biopsies in the 1950s. He also pioneered research into sickle cell anemia and was honored for his work by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

In 1967, during the first days of the space program, NASA asked Dr. Jensen to investigate the effects of space flight on blood chemistry. He also served on numerous NIH hematology study sections from 1957 to 1977.

Dr. Jensen was also very active in organized medicine. From 1975 to 1978, he chaired internal medicine's residency review committee. He also served on the board of examiners and executive committee of the American Board of Internal Medicine from 1974 to 1978, helping prepare questions for the internal medicine board certification exam.

Dr. Jensen served as a College Regent from 1975 to 1980 and Vice President in 1980-81. He was awarded College Mastership in 1982.

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