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Erno S. Daniel

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Erno S. Daniel, M.D., Ph.D. (December 15, 1946 – February 21, 2015) is an internal medicine specialist and author. He is of Hungarian descent. He began practicing medicine at the Sansum Clinic in Santa Barbara, California in 1978. Since that time, he has participated in teaching activities at Santa Barbara's Cottage Hospital, whose internal medicine residency training program is affiliated with University of Southern California School of Medicine. Because of his activities, for a period of time Daniel held an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at USC. He also participated as a lecturer for the Introduction to Medicine course offered by the University of California at Santa Barbara.

He wrote the book Stealth Germs in Your Body. He worked in geriatric medicine, especially in the diagnosis and management of Alzheimer's disease.

Early life and education[edit]

Daniel was born in Budapest, Hungary. As a child, he attended school in Hungary,[1] and then immigrated to the United States from Hungary with his parents and sister. Daniel was educated in the Santa Barbara public schools.

In 1968, he received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology. He received a master's degree and Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego, writing his thesis on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.[1] He completed his M.D. at the UCLA School of Medicine in 1975 and his residency training in Internal Medicine at the UCLA Hospitals in 1978.


Early in his career, Daniel pursued an interest in the developing medical specialty of Geriatric Medicine and was among the first physicians in the United States to be certified in the specialty in 1988. About that time, he also received accreditation in vascular ultrasound which he still maintains. Within geriatrics, he developed a special interest in dementia and Alzheimer's Disease and participated in the clinical trials of Cognex, the first medicine ever to be approved for the treatment of AD. He later participated in the clinical trials of Exelon and the experimental agent milameline. As a result of his activities, he was invited to write to textbook chapters on Alzheimer's Disease. He recorded three educational CD's on the topic of AD and geriatric medicine and wrote a paper relating to the early diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease. For various activities, Daniel was recognized by the Alzheimer's Association's Santa Barbara Chapter with their 2001 Leadership Award. A few days before the death of President Reagan, he also received a letter from Nancy Reagan in recognition of the chapter he wrote on Alzheimer's Disease for the 2004 edition of Conn's Current Therapy. At the time of President Reagan's death, he was interviewed on a radio station in Sacramento, CA. Beginning in 1993, Daniel has lectured widely in the United States on Alzheimer's Disease, dementia, and geriatric medicine topics.

In addition to his full-time practice, Daniel has worked with the Vascular Laboratory at the Sansum Clinic and the Wellness Program. He was named medical director of the Transitional Care Unit at Cottage Hospital and later was medical director at Mission Terrace Convalescent and currently at Vista Del Monte Convalescent home. His is on the medical and scientific advisory board of the Center for Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapies (CFIT) of Santa Barbara.

Over time, his interest evolved into the important and critical topic of how medical diagnoses are missed or made, especially how hidden infections cause various conditions which give no overt sign of infection. In the fall of 2008, Daniel published his first book, Stealth Germs in Your Body, which highlights the practical clinical application to the diagnosis and treatment of discoveries for which the 2005 and 2008 Nobel Peace Prizes in Medicine were awarded.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Martha Peaslee Daniel, R.N., formerly of Stillwater, Minnesota.[1] They had four children.[1]


Daniel is author of the book, Stealth Germs in Your Body, and textbook chapters in Conn's Current Therapy and Lippincott's Dermatology. HIs major review paper on the Cronkhite Canada Syndrome, written in 1983, has served as the basis of most gastroenterology textbook chapters on the subject. While in graduate school, Daniel published basic science papers in magnetic resonance and chemical engineering topics.

Books and publications[edit]

  • “Use of Particles of Boron Nitride in Measurement of the Velocity Distribution in Laminar Flow in an Argon Plasma Jet” S.V. Desai. E.S. Daniel, W.H. Corcoran; Review of Scientific Instruments, Vol 39, No. 4, 612-614, 1968.
  • “Magnetic Resonance Measurements of Proton Exchange in Aquaeous Urea” R.L. Vold, E.S. Daniel, S.P. Chan, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Vol 92, No. 23, 6771-6776, 1970.
  • “Magnetic Resonance Measures in Aqueous Urea Solutions: E.S. Daniel, Ph.D Thesis, University of California San Diego, Dissertation Abstracts International B, 1972 Vol 32, No. 9, 5128.
  • “The Cronkhite-Canada Syndrome: An Analysis of Clinical and Pathologic Features and Therapy in 55 Patients” E.S. Daniel, S.L. Ludwig, K.J. Lewin, R.M. Ruprecht, G.M. Rajacich, A.D. Schwabe, Medicine, Vol. 61, No. 5, 293- 309, 1982.
  • “Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging – How It Works” E.S. Daniel, Proceedings of the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic, Vol. 1, 27-33, 1983.
  • (Abstract) “Recent Advances in Gerontology and the Biology of Aging”, E.S. Daniel, Journal of Medicine, Supplement One, 25, 1984.
  • (Abstract) “Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A New Diagnostic Tool” E.S. Daniel, Journal of Medicine, Supplement One, 25, 1984.
  • “Recent Advances in Gerontology and the Biology of Aging” E.S. Daniel, Proceedings of the Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic, Vol. 4, 29-39, 1986.
  • “The Cronkhite Canada Syndrome” E.S. Daniel, Ch. 84 in Clinical Dermatology. Edited by D. Joseph Demis, Lippincott 1986.
  • “The Canada Cronkhite Syndrome” E.S. Daniel, Problems in General Surgery, Vol 10(4) 699-707, 1993.
  • “Approach to the Patient with Possible Dementia of the Alzheimer Type” E.S. Daniel, Medical Tribune, p. 14, March 23, 1995.
  • “Alzheimer’s Disease”, Erno S. Daniel, Chapter in Conn’s Current Therapy, edited by Rakel and Bope W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA, 2001 Edition.
  • Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia Presenting as Transient Global Amnesia, Erno S. Daniel, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Primary Care Companion, Vol 6, No 6, p. 248-51, 2004
  • Alzheimer’s Disease, Erno S. Daniel, Chapter 14 in Conn’s Current Therapy, edited by Rakel and Bope, W. B. Saunders, Co Philadelphia, PA 2004
  • Inferences of Clinical Diagnostic Reasoning and Diagnostic Error, Anton Lawson and Erno Daniel, Journal of Biomedical Informatics accepted for publication 2010
  • “Stealth Germs in Your Body” Erno Daniel M.D. Sterling Publishing, New York and London, November 2008
  • “Check Out These Codes” Erno S. Daniel, The Best of Health Professions Humor, Colleen Kenefick, Hanley & Belfus, Inc. Philadelphia, PA 2001 p. 131-2
  • Conn's Current Therapy (chapter)
  • Others

Newspaper columns[edit]

  • The Santa Barbara News Press
  • The Valley Voice
  • The Jamaica Gleaner


  • Senior Forum – a series of 52 shows on Santa Barbara's Cable Network, channel 3


  • 1964 California Savings and Loan League Outstanding Student at Santa Barbara High School
  • Rayonier Foundation and George H. Mayr Scholarships to Caltech
  • Conger Prize for Public Speaking, Caltech
  • National Science Foundation Undergraduate Research Fellowship
  • Outstanding Young Men of America Award
  • Fellowship, American College of Physicians
  • International Research and Exchanges Board Travel Grant
  • Santa Barbara Medical Foundation Clinic Chairman's Award
  • Listed in Who's Who in California
  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, Pacific Region
  • Listed in International Who's Who of Professionals
  • Alzheimer's Association Leadership Award
  • Distinguished Alumnus of Santa Barbara High School
  • Listed in Consumer's Research Conci's Guide to America's Top Physicians


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Putz, Tim, for the Santa Barbara High School Alumni Association (14 March 2013). "Five Santa Barbara High School Alumni to Join 'Wall of Fame'". Noozhawk. Retrieved 2020-04-24. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  • Erno S. Daniel in International Who's Who of Professionals, 1997 Edition, Volume 1, No. 5 Volume 1 p. 937, Gibraltar Publishing, Inc. 1997
  • Erno S. Daniel in The Best Doctors in America (Pacific Region) Naifeh & Smith 1996-1997 Woodward & White publishers, p. 147
  • Erno S. Daniel in Who's Who in California p. 100 1986. The Who's Who Historical Society publishers.

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