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2012 Association of American Physicians George M. Kober Medal
Introduction of Arthur H. Rubenstein

Kenneth S. Polonsky
J Clin Invest. 2012;122(11):4283-4288. https://doi.org/10.1172/JCI66849.
It is an honor to introduce my mentor, friend, and colleague, Arthur Rubenstein, as the 2012 recipient of the Kober Medal, the most prestigious award of the Association of American Physicians. Over the course of his career, Arthur has distinguished himself as a scientist, a mentor, and a major leader in three institutions and has been a wonderful colleague and friend to so many of us. Arthur graduated from medical school at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is one of the most distinguished graduates in the history of the school and after residency began his endocrinology training with Russell Fraser at the postgraduate medical school and Hammersmith Hospital in London. He came to the University of Chicago in 1967, soon after Donald Steiner made the landmark discovery that insulin was formed in the body from a large single-chain precursor called proinsulin. Arthur’s first job in Chicago was actually as a cardiology fellow, and we endocrinologists have often pondered how much diabetes research would have been lost if Steiner had not rescued him from the cardiac catheterization laboratory. Fortunately, Arthur found the lure of diabetes research irresistible. He worked as a cardiology fellow during the day and retreated to the endocrine laboratories at night and on weekends, but he soon joined the endocrinology program full-time to do […]

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