Chapman H. Binford

Chapman H. Binford


Born: 3 October 1900 Darlington Heights, Virginia

Died: 9 February 1990 Arlington, Virginia

Academic Degrees

  • AB: Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia, 1923
  • MD: Medical College of Virginia, 1929

Academic Positions

  • 1937 - 1941 Instructor in Pathology, Wayne University, Detroit, Michigan
  • 1942 - 1945 Instructor in Pathology, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana


  • U.S. Marine Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Harvard Medical School
  • U.S. Leprosy Investigation Laboratory, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • National Institutes of Health, Washington, D.C.

Military Assignments

  • 1930 - 1960 Continuous commissioned service, U.S. Public Health Service, beginning as Assistant Surgeon and then as representative, retiring as Medical Director in 1960
  • 1945 - 1951 Chief Pathologist, U.S. Marine Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland (and first Registrar for the Leprosy Registry)
  • 1951 - 1955 Chief, General Infectious Diseases Pathology, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Washington, D.C.
  • Registrar for Leprosy, American Registry of Pathology
  • 1956 - 1960 Chief, Special Mycobacterial Diseases Branch and Registrar for Leprosy, AFIP, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960 - 1963 Chief, Pathology Research Laboratory, Leonard Wood Memorial (American Leprosy Foundation); and Chief, Geographic Pathology Division, AFIP, Washington, D.C.
  • 1963 - 1972 Medical Director; Chief of Pathology Research Laboratory; Chief of Special Mycobacterial Disease Branch; Registrar for Leprosy, Leonard Wood Memorial (American Leprosy Foundation), AFIP, Washington, D.C.
  • 1972 - 1976 Chief, Special mycobacterial Diseases Branch; and Registrar for Leprosy, AFIP, Washington, D.C.
  • 1976 - 1990 Continued at the AFIP in various activities

Selected Career Highlights

  • One of the world's greatest Infectious Disease specialists publishing over 100 papers, 36 book chapters, seven books/monographs on a wide variety of subjects including leprosy (experimental and human), various mycoses, typhus, syphilis, clonorchiasis, geographic pathology, and other topics ranging from embolism of the aorta to hemochromatosis, Hodgkins disease, psittacosis, Korean epidemic hemorrhagic fever.

  • His early studies of leprosy, which were initially presented at the First Carville Conference of Leprosy Investigations in January 1956, led to suggestions and plans for the application of his information and hypotheses to animal experimentation that led directly to the successful transmission of leprosy to various animals. Previously the etiologic agent of leprosy could not be cultivated in vitro.

  • Editor, the International Journal of Leprosy.

  • Editor, International Pathology (Bulletin of the International Academy of Pathology) (1960-1965).

  • As a result of his work as a liaison between the AFIP and the senate Health Subcommittee, the ARP (American Registry of Pathology) received its Congressional Charter (1976). Acting Executive Officer, American Registry of Pathology (1977-1980).

  • Published (1976) the classic, two-volume atlas of Pathology of Tropical and Extraordinary Diseases with Daniel H. Conner as coeditor. Also coauthor of the standard reference--Medical Mycology (went through three editions).

  • Chairman of the IAP Education Committee from 1956-1958 and established the highly popular "Short Courses" at the annual USCAP meetings (with Mrs. Binford).

  • Helped Dr. Kash Mostofi with the establishment of new Divisions of the IAP (e.g., Japanese in 1959 with others to follow).

  • Chairman of the U.S. National Committee of the International Council of Societies of Pathology established to promote worldwide uniformity in the diagnosis of tumors.

  • The Binford-Dammin Society, a Companion Society of the IAP/USCAP, is named in his honor (1988).

  • Compassionate for people of all walks of life, concerned for their aspirations, always going the extra mile to help, never tiring, and always hopeful. "He made the right things happen." (by Wayne Meyers, 2/l1/1990).

  • Referred to himself as a "farm boy from Prince Edward" county.


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