About James C. Allen, MD, FACP


Black and white photo of Dr. James C. Allen at a podium with a microphone. He is wearing a suit and necktie and has his arm outstretched. He is smiling.James C. Allen, a native of Texas, received his baccalaureate degree from Harvard University and completed his medical education and residency training in Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received fellowships in lipid metabolism, infectious diseases and immunology at the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins, and the Rockefeller University, and held faculty positions in Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins and as Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine.

In 1979, Dr. Allen became Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Department of Medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and then Professor and Chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, where he currently serves as Emeritus Professor. For his last appointment, Dr. Allen served as Vice President for Medical Affairs at Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, where his primary charge was to work with the medical staff of that institution to develop and implement programs enhancing the cost-effectiveness of inpatient clinical practice. He retired from full-time professional activity at the end of 1995.

Dr. Allen is the author or editor of three books and of numerous scientific articles in the disciplines of immunology and infectious diseases, published in national and international medical journals including the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Journal of Experimental Medicine, the Journal of Immunology, and the Annals of Internal Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has held memberships in a number of other professional societies, and is a past President of the American Clinical and Climatological Association.

Dr. Allen has been elected to membership of numerous prestigious societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the Johns Hopkins University Society of Scholars. He is a recipient of the Sandoz Award for Medical Scholarship, the Lederle Medical Faculty Award, a research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, and an award as Outstanding Attending Physician in Medicine from the State University of New York School of Medicine.

Select Publications

Beam TR Jr, Allen JC. Comparison of cefamandole, cephalothin, ampicillin, and chloramphenicol in experimental Escherichia coli meningitis. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1980 Jan;17(1):37-42. doi: 10.1128/AAC.17.1.37. PMID: 6986115; PMCID: PMC283723.

Beam TR Jr, Allen JC. Amelioration of experimental bacterial meningitis by levamisole: evidence of a direct effect on the infecting bacteria. J Infect Dis. 1980 Jul;142(1):72-6. doi: 10.1093/infdis/142.1.72. PMID: 6995537.

Beam TR Jr, Allen JC. Assessment of antibiotic efficacy in acute bacterial meningitis. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1979 Feb;25(2):199-203. doi: 10.1002/cpt1979252199. PMID: 759073.

Beam TR Jr, Allen JC. Blood, brain, and cerebrospinal fluid concentrations of several antibiotics in rabbits with intact and inflamed meninges. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1977 Dec;12(6):710-6. doi: 10.1128/AAC.12.6.710. PMID: 931369; PMCID: PMC430009.

Stolley PD, Joseph JM, Allen JC, Deane G, Janney JH. Poliomyelitis associated with type-2 poliovirus vaccine strain. Possible transmission from an immunised child to a non-immunised child. Lancet. 1968 Mar 30;1(7544):661-3. doi:
10.1016/s0140-6736(68)92099-0. PMID: 4170650.

Cluff LE, Allen JC. Principles of active immunization for prevention of infection. J Chronic Dis. 1962 Jun;15:575-87. doi: 10.1016/0021-9681(62)90028-0. PMID: 13880012.