Influential Leprosy Researcher Thomas Rea Dies At 86
Rea died Feb. 7 after battling a rare form of blood cancer, his son told the Los Angeles Times.By Briana Altergott | March 7, 2016
Dr. Thomas Rea, the dermatologist whose research into leprosy led to groundbreaking treatments for the disease, has died. He was 86 years old.
Over the weekend, Rea's son told the Los Angeles Times he died Feb. 7 after battling a rare form of blood cancer. It's unclear why the news was only recently released.
Along with his colleague Dr. Robert Modlin, Rea was able to pinpoint the role the immune system plays in the development of leprosy symptoms, including skin lesions and growths.