In Memoriam

Donald Coffey, PhD, Cancer Pioneer, Dies at 85

The ASCO Post  / November 25, 2017

Donald Coffey, PhD, a distinguished Johns Hopkins Professor and prostate cancer expert, who was the former Director of the Brady Urological Research Laboratory and Deputy Director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, died on November 9, 2017, at the age of 85. In his more than 50 years a...

Paul Neiman, MD, PhD, Founding Member of Fred Hutch, Dies at 78

Rachel Tompa/Fred Hutch News Service  / November 10, 2017

PAUL NEIMAN, MD, PhD, a founding member of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), transplant physician, and cancer biologist, died on October 11 of complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 78.  Dr. Neiman was also one of the founders and leaders of the Basic Sciences Division...

Hematologic Malignancies

Leading Lymphoma Clinician, Researcher, and Mentor, Oliver ‘Ollie’ Press, MD, PhD, Dies at 65

Ronald Piana  / October 25, 2017

In 1988, 38-year-old Rita Lawrence found herself in a desperate situation. The lymphoma she’d been battling had recurred after 2 years of remission. She’d endured multiple rounds of tough chemotherapy, but it couldn’t stave off the swiftly growing tumors. When she learned of a radioimmunotherap...

James Francis McCarthy

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2017

The family and staff of Harborside Press mourn the loss of former colleague, and forever friend James F. McCarthy, who passed away after a brief illness on June 23, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, on January 7, 1929, to John A. and Eda K. McCarthy, Jim was a graduate of Brooklyn Preparatory ...

Breast Cancer

Renowned Breast Cancer Researcher, Angela Hartley Brodie, PhD, Dies at 82

The ASCO Post  / June 25, 2017

Angela Hartley Brodie, PhD, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and an internationally recognized scientist whose groundbreaking cancer research is considered among the greatest advances in treating breast cancer, passed away on...

A Remembrance of H. Jean Khoury, MD

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2017

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship) is mourning the loss of an esteemed colleague: H. Jean Khoury, MD, died on May 22 at the age of 50, after a year spent battling cancer. His many colleagues and friends remember him as an outstanding physician, researcher, and educator and a...

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The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

The ASCO Post remembers the following members of the oncology community who passed away in 2016–2017. Please write to editor@ASCOPost.com to recognize others and pay tribute in a future issue. Stephen K. Carter, MD October 30, 1937–November 14, 2016 Stephen K. Carter, MD, a renowned oncologi...

Leader in International Clinical Trials, Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Dies at 71

The ASCO Post  / June 3, 2017 - Narratives Special Issue

Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, succumbed to a sudden illness at his home and died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. A giant in national and international clinical research since 1977, Dr. Comis is known as a champion of patient access to cancer cl...

Leader in International Clinical Trials, Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Dies at 71

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2017

Robert L. Comis, MD, FASCO, Co-Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, succumbed to a sudden illness at his home and died on May 10, 2017, at the age of 71. A giant in national and international clinical research since 1977, Dr. Comis is known as a champion of patient access to cancer cl...

Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, ‘Father of Modern Transplantation,’ Dies at Age 90

Ronald Piana  / April 10, 2017

Scientific and clinical pioneers have one thing in common: they move beyond their comfort zone and take calculated risks. One such pioneer, whose calculated risks gave hope to otherwise hopelessly ill people, was Thomas E. Starzl, MD, PhD, who performed the world’s first successful liver transp...

Anne Friedman Glauber, Cofounder of Online Pancreatic Cancer Forum, Dies at Age 63

Caroline Helwick  / March 25, 2017

Anne Friedman Glauber, 63, co-founder of Let’s Win, an online community for persons affected by pancreatic cancer, recently passed away at her home in New York City, after a courageous battle with the disease. Ms. Glauber’s dedication to the organization (www.letswinpc.org) helped countless ind...

Honoring the Life of Nancy E. Armitage

The ASCO Post  / March 10, 2017

The University of Nebraska community mourns the loss of dedicated community leader and volunteer Nancy E. Armitage of Omaha. She died February 27, 2017, from complications associated with pancreatic cancer. Nancy is remembered for the support and encouragement she offered to others over the years...

Remembering Stephen K. Carter, MD, and His National and International Impact on Early Drug Development

Ronald Blum, MD, Marcel Rozencweig, MD, and Franco Muggia, MD  / February 25, 2017

Stephen K. Carter, MD, a renowned oncologist who held a variety of executive positions in the pharmaceutical industry and played a major role in the research and development of many widely used cancer and AIDS drugs, died on November 14, 2016, after a long battle against multiple systems atroph...

Leader in Cancer Care and Prevention, Charles A. LeMaistre, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / February 25, 2017

In 1978, Charles A. “Mickey” LeMaistre, MD, was named President of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. During his 18-year tenure, MD Anderson became a world leader in outpatient care for cancer patients and the nation’s largest ambulatory treatment and surgery programs in cancers...

Oliver Smithies, PhD, Nobel Laureate Who Discovered Gene Targeting, Dies

Ronald Piana  / February 10, 2017

The ability to artificially alter DNA opens the door to new scientific understanding and treatments for various diseases. Oliver Smithies, PhD, made the crucial discovery that a disease-causing gene could be modified. For that and other groundbreaking work, he, along with two other scientists, ...

Co-Discoverer of the Philadelphia Chromosome, Peter Nowell, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / February 10, 2017

Peter Nowell, MD, was a pathologist at the University of Pennsylvania studying leukemia cells under a microscope when he happened to wash his slides with tap water instead of laboratory solution. Viewing the newly cleaned slides under a microscope, he saw that the water had caused the...

Albert H. Owens, Jr, MD, Pioneering Johns Hopkins Oncologist, Dies

The ASCO Post  / February 10, 2017

Albert H. Owens, Jr, MD, a Johns Hopkins oncologist who played a leadership role in developing oncology as a scientific discipline and clinical specialty—and who also served as President of The Johns Hopkins Hospital—died January 13 at the age of 90. In the 1960s, oncology was not a word that ...

NIH Statement on the Death of Former Congressman Melvin R. Laird

The ASCO Post  / December 10, 2016

“I am greatly saddened by the death of former Congressman Melvin R. Laird, who, over the course of his distinguished career in public service, played a key role in advancing biomedical research and the mission of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our thoughts are with his family and the ...

Pioneer in Cancer Immunology, Richmond T. Prehn, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2016

Until 1957, the prevailing thought was that since cancers develop in normal patients, they are not recognized as foreign by the immune system. That changed when Richmond T. Prehn, MD, and his laboratory assistant, Joan Main, showed that tumors induced by chemical carcinogens in mice could stimu...

Internationally Renowned Statistician on Cancer Clinical Trials, Daniel J. Sargent, PhD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / October 10, 2016

In the 20th century, the field of statistics developed and was gradually applied to clinical research. The use of statistics allows clinical researchers to form reasonable and accurate inferences from collected information and to make sound decisions in the presence of uncertainty. Moreover, ma...

Pioneer in Chemoradiation Robert B. Livingston, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2016

Over the past couple of decades, chemoradiation for several cancers, such as lung and breast, has advanced in efficacy and side-effect tolerance, prolonging survival and quality of life for patients. One of the pioneers in chemoradiation, Robert B. Livingston, MD, died on September 8, 2016. Dr...

Nobel Laureate Roger Y. Tsien, PhD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2016

In 2008, Roger Y. Tsien, PhD, shared the Nobel Prize in chemistry with Drs. Osamu Shimomura and Martin Chalfie for helping turn green fluorescent protein from a jellyfish into a research tool that could tag cancer cells or track the advance of Alzheimer’s disease. “Our work is often d...

Saul J. Sharkis, PhD, Stem Cell Researcher, Dies

The ASCO Post  / September 25, 2016

Saul J. Sharkis, PhD, a scientist who studied the biology of blood stem cells and how they could be used to treat cancer through bone marrow transplantation, died on September 4. He was 72. Dr. Sharkis was Professor of Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a faculty m...

Former Clinical Director at the NCI, Gregory A. Curt, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / August 25, 2016

In MemoriamGregory A. Curt, MD1952 – 2016 Gregory A. Curt, MD, Former Clinical Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and nationally regarded expert on translational oncology died on July 31, 2016. He was 64 years old. Dr. Curt received his MD with distinction in research from the Universi...

Internationally Renowned Geneticist, Alfred George Knudson, MD, PhD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / August 10, 2016

Considered a visionary in cancer research, Alfred George Knudson, MD, PhD, was internationally recognized for his “two-hit theory” of cancer causation, which explained the relationship between hereditary and nonhereditary cancer types, predicting the existence of tumor suppressor genes. Dr. Knudson ...

Richard ‘Buz’ Cooper, MD, Noted Health Policy Expert, Dies at 79

Ronald Piana  / February 10, 2016

Addressing disparities of cancer care that result in poorer outcomes among certain populations remains a persistent challenge in the oncology community and in the health-care system at large. It is, to a large degree, a medical story of haves and have-nots. Richard “Buz” Cooper, MD, a preeminent voi...

Nationally Regarded Cancer Advocate Ellen Stovall Dies

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2016

Passion is a much-needed virtue in one who seeks to change the world for the better. When you combine intelligence, stamina, iron-willed determination, the grace of an ambassador, and simple human likability with passion, you get that rare person who can turn words and ideas into reality. Such a per...

Famed Cancer Biostatistician, Norman Breslow, PhD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / January 25, 2016

A longitudinal case-controlled analysis of the probability of attaining normality after achieving 60: A perspective from the social sciences based on expert ethnographic insights.” So begins a long and charmingly erudite birthday card to internationally regarded biostatistician Norman Breslow, PhD, ...

Nationally Regarded Oncology Nurse Practitioner, Mary Pazdur, RN, MSN, Remembered by Friends and Colleagues

Ronald Piana  / December 10, 2015

Oncology nurse practitioner Mary Pazdur, RN, MSN, spent her professional life bettering the clinical care and outcomes of cancer patients, culminating in her career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in the Laboratory of Tumor Immunology and Biology, working with patients on cancer vaccine prot...

Noted Integrative Oncology Specialist Mitchell L. Gaynor, MD, Dies at 59

Ronald Piana  / October 25, 2015

Integrative oncology had a long road to acceptance by the mainstream medical community; the field is now widely accepted for its healthful benefits, especially in assuaging the more troublesome side effects of cancer treatments. Many well-known oncologists have adapted integrative oncology into thei...

Sidney Mirvish, PhD, Carcinogenesis Researcher, Dies at 86

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2015

Sidney Mirvish, PhD, Professor Emeritus in the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), whose pioneering research into nitrosamines and carcinogenesis led to changes in the way lunch meats, hot dogs, and sausages were made, died...

Thomas A. Stamey, MD, Noted Urologist and Prostate Cancer Expert, Dies at 87

The ASCO Post  / October 10, 2015

Thomas A. Stamey, MD, Professor Emeritus of Urology at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a leader in the study and treatment of prostate cancer, died of Alzheimer’s disease September 4. He was 87. A True Pioneer in the Field Dr. Stamey helped lay the groundwork for the prostate-specif...

Internationally Acclaimed Cancer Researcher, Gianni Bonadonna, MD, Dies at 81

Ronald Piana  / September 25, 2015

Gianni Bonadonna, MD, was considered the “Father of Italian Oncology,” but his scientific contributions to the field and his generous collegial spirit extended far beyond the shores of his native land. Dr. Bonadonna was at the forefront in the battle to convince the surgical establishment that adjuv...

Breast Surgeon Carolyn Mary Kaelin, MD, MPH, FACS, Dies at 54

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2015

Carolyn Mary Kaelin, MD, MPH, FACS, died on July 28 at the age of 54. A gifted and compassionate breast cancer surgeon, Dr. Kaelin was a surgical oncologist in the Women’s Cancers Program at Dana-Farber Cancer Center and Director of the Breast Clinic at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Kaelin grad...

Chris Marshall, FRS, FMedSci, Dies at 66 of Colorectal Cancer

The ASCO Post  / September 10, 2015

Chris Marshall, FRS, FMedSci, a rigorous scientist with a lasting legacy of game-changing discoveries in cancer research and generous support for his younger colleagues, has died at 66. The cause of death was colorectal cancer. Professor Marshall was the Head of the Division for Cancer Biology at t...

Charles Rubin, MD, Pediatric Cancer Specialist, Dies at 62

The ASCO Post  / August 10, 2015

Charles M. Rubin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, a highly respected specialist in the care of children with cancer, died on July 17. He was 62. An authority on all aspects of pediatric cancers, Dr. Rubin had a particular interest in brain tumors and can...

Preeminent Cancer Researcher Brian E. Henderson, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2015

Brian E. Henderson, MD, began his medical path as a researcher in virology, and as a young scientist, he ventured to Africa as part of a Centers for Disease Control team to study yellow fever. The better part of his esteemed medical career, however, was as one of the world’s most respected authoriti...

Michael O'Malley, PhD, MPH, Former UNC Lineberger Associate Director, Dies at 64

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2015

Michael O’Malley, PhD, MPH, former Associate Director of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and former Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at UNC’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has passed away unexpectedl...

Irwin Rose, PhD, Nobel Laureate and Biochemist, Dies at 88

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2015

Scientist and Nobel Laureate ­Irwin “Ernie” Rose, PhD, passed away June 2, 2015, after a long illness. He was 88. Dr. Rose shared the 2004 Nobel Prize for chemistry with Aaron Ciechanover, MD, DSc, and Avram Hershko, MD, PhD, of the Israel Institute of Technology for their pioneering work in discove...

Noted Pediatric Oncologist, Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / July 10, 2015

Over the past 50 years, great strides have been made in diagnosis, treatment, and survival of childhood cancer. In the 1960s, the probability of survival for a child with cancer was less than 25%, whereas today it may exceed 80%. This incredible cancer success story has been made possible by the wor...

Frederick Pei Li, MD, Pioneer of Cancer Genetics, Dies at 75

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2015

Frederick Pei Li, MD, who helped inaugurate the era of cancer genetics by demonstrating that people can inherit a genetic susceptibility to develop certain malignancies, died on June 12 at the age of 75. A Professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan Schoo...

Alan C. Sartorelli, PhD, Pioneer in Targeted Chemotherapy and AACR Past President, Dies at Age 83

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015

Alan C. Sartorelli, PhD, Alfred Gilman Professor of Pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, Past President of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), and a Fellow of the AACR Academy, died on April 30, 2015. A pioneer in cancer chemotherapy, Dr. Sartorelli was one of the fi...

Carol A. Kruse, PhD, Pioneer in Brain Cancer Research and Immunotherapy, Dies at Age 61

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015

Carol A. Kruse, PhD, a University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) scientist and recognized leader in immunologic therapy for brain cancer, recently passed away in Los Angeles after a 6-month battle with an aggressive form of cancer. She was 61. Dr. Kruse was a UCLA Professor of Neurosurgery and M...

Meir Wetzler, MD, RPCI Leukemia Chief, Dies at Age 60

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015

Meir Wetzler, MD, Chief of the Leukemia Section at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and University at Buffalo (UB) Professor of Medicine, died on February 23 from injuries sustained during a skiing accident in Colorado. He was 60 years old. Nationally prominent in his field, Dr. Wetzler helped set the...

In Memoriam: Eddie Reed, MD

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015 - Supplement

Eddie Reed, MD, was a pioneer in the molecular pharmacology of DNA-damaging anticancer agents and the clinical development of paclitaxel for ovarian cancer. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine in 1979, completed his internship and residency at Stanford University in 1981, and was th...

In Memoriam: John Michael Fitzpatrick, MCh, FRSCI

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015 - Supplement

John Michael Fitzpatrick, MCh, FRSCI, was one of Europe’s most highly regarded medical opinion leaders. He studied medicine at University College Dublin and did his clinical internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. While doing his residency at St. Vincent’s, he decided to become a urologist, ...

In Memoriam: Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015 - Supplement

In 1971, then Surgeon General Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD, took Big Tobacco to task, stating, “Let me suggest that certain purveyors of cigarettes stop making remarks about how some young mothers in childbirth might welcome smaller babies. The mother who smokes is subjecting the unborn child to the adver...

In Memoriam: Lee W. Wattenberg, MD

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015 - Supplement

One of the early giants in the field of cancer prevention, Lee W. Wattenberg, MD, published in 1966 what would be regarded as a landmark paper in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) journal Cancer Research. During his research, he reviewed 36 years of animal studies, looking at the e...

In Memoriam: Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Thomas

The ASCO Post  / June 10, 2015 - Supplement

Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas was wife and research partner to 1990 Nobel laureate E. Donnall Thomas, MD, pioneer of the bone marrow transplant and former Director of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. and Mrs. Thomas formed the core of a team that proved bone ma...

Remembering Multiple Myeloma Patient Advocate Michael S. Katz, MBA

Jo Cavallo  / May 25, 2015

I first met Michael Katz, MBA, in 2004, 3 years after my brother, Dom, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, and we were at a crossroads in his care and needed advice. Although an experimental regimen of thalidomide (Thalomid) and dexamethasone had successfully put Dom in remission for a year (the co...

Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, Chair of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern, Dies at 48

The ASCO Post  / May 25, 2015

Andrew Parsa, MD, PhD, the Michael J. Marchese Professor and Chair of the Departments of Neurological Surgery at Feinberg and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, passed away on April 13. He was 48 years old. “We are all shocked and saddened by this great loss. Dr. Parsa was a distinguished scholar, an ...

Remembering Mark R. Green, MD, a Leader in Lung Cancer Research and Treatment

Ronald Piana  / May 25, 2015

Few people have impacted cancer clinical research in the past quarter century as much as Mark Green. His expertise in lung cancer and clinical trial design led to the successful completion of seminal studies combining radiation and chemotherapy that forever changed the management of patients with ea...

Remembering Neurosurgeon and Writer Paul Kalanithi, MD

Jo Cavallo  / April 10, 2015

What initially drew me to read the eloquent essay by Paul Kalanithi, MD, in The New York Times—“How Long Have I Got Left?”—was its provocative title.1 What kept me there was the moving description of his quick transition from healthy physician with a brilliant career in neurosurgery to terminally il...

Lee W. Wattenberg, MD, the ‘Father of Chemoprevention’ Dies at 92

Ronald Piana  / March 10, 2015

One of the early giants in the field of cancer prevention, Lee W. Wattenberg, MD, died on December 9, 2014, at the age of 92. A native New Yorker, Dr. Wattenberg received his BS from City College of New York in 1941 and then went on to attain his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Scho...

‘Mother of Bone Marrow Transplantation’ Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Thomas Dies at 92

The ASCO Post  / January 25, 2015

Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas, wife and research partner to 1990 Nobel laureate E. Donnall Thomas, MD, died Friday, January 9, at her home near Seattle. She was 92. Dr. Donnall Thomas, Pioneer of the Bone Marrow Transplant and former Director of the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Res...

In Memoriam: Kelly Traw

The ASCO Post  / November 1, 2014

Regretfully, The ASCO Post has learned that Kelly Traw, 49, passed away on September 2, 2014, at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. While her obituary did not mention a cause of death, it said that, “She will be greatly missed by her extended family and by the many friends who supported her throug...

John H. Saiki, MD, SWOG Investigator, Dies at 77

The ASCO Post  / September 15, 2014

John “Jack” Harris Saiki, MD, Professor Emeritus at the University of New Mexico Department of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology Division, lived the history of modern day oncology with a career spanning 44 years. In the early days of his career, with the support of a grant from the federally funded New ...

Jesse L. Steinfeld, MD, Past Surgeon General, ASCO President, Dies at 87

Ronald Piana  / September 1, 2014

The 1964 Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health started a culture change in the way Americans viewed tobacco and their health, and has saved countless million of lives. But the 1964 Report remained scientifically ambiguous on certain vital issues, such as the effect smoking had on the unborn...

Pioneer in Fight Against Tobacco, Emanuel Farber, MD, PhD, Dies at 85

Ronald Piana  / September 1, 2014

On December 11, 1969, a soft-spoken pathologist wearing outsized spectacles answered a long and complex series of questions by the legal team representing Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company, the maker of Chesterfield cigarettes. The tobacco lawyers contended that one Leslie Thayer—a lifelong smoker...

International Leader in Urology, Professor John Fitzpatrick, Dies

Ronald Piana  / July 25, 2014

His life was gentle, and the elements So mixed in him that Nature might stand up And say to all the world, “This was a man!” —William Shakespeare   I have too many positive memories of John to regale you with here,” said Roger Kirby, MD, in a tribute to his close friend and colleague, John Mich...

Leading Cancer Researcher and Public Health-Care Expert, Eddie Reed, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / June 25, 2014

In a 2010 interview, Eddie Reed, MD, a pioneer in the molecular pharmacology of DNA-damaging anticancer agents and the clinical development of paclitaxel for ovarian cancer, was asked what lay ahead. Before answering, Dr. Reed first acknowledged the esteemed mentors who gave him their most precious ...

Remembering Selma Ruth Schimmel

Jo Cavallo  / June 10, 2014

My last conversation with Selma Schimmel was 2 months ago. She had been uncharacteristically out of touch for a few weeks, and I had a nagging feeling the severe pain in her psoas muscle caused by advancing ovarian cancer—which had plagued her for months and she described as in a “league of its own”...

Donald L. Morton, MD, an Icon in Surgical Oncology, Dies

Ronald Piana  / February 15, 2014

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” —John Wayne Donald L. Morton, MD, transformed the management of melanoma and breast cancer by introdu...

Leukemia/Lymphoma Pioneer Geoffrey P. Herzig, MD, Dies

Ronald Piana  / February 15, 2014

Many of the advances that have bettered mankind are attributed to those who were driven by a primary passion. Geoffrey P. Herzig, MD, lived the better part of his life with a primary passion: conducting research to increase the cure rate of leukemia and lymphoma patients. His friend and colleague, R...

Leukemia Pioneer John M. Goldman, DM, Dies at 75

Ronald Piana  / February 1, 2014

“He gave his honours to the world again,his blessed part to heaven, and slept in peace.” —William Shakespeare, Henry VIII In 1971, John M. Goldman, DM, FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci, began research in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), a uniformly fatal disease at the time. Over the ensuing decades, Dr. Gol...

Janet L. Rowley, MD, Matriarch of Modern Cancer Genetics, Dies at Age 88

Ronald Piana  / January 15, 2014

Dr. Janet L. Rowley’s groundbreaking research in the translocation of genetic material bucked scientific convention and heralded a new understanding that cancer is indeed a genetic disease. Her research was largely responsible for the discoveries that led to the development of the targeted cancer th...

Peter Jacobs, MD, Storied South African Hematology Pioneer, Dies 

Ronald Piana  / December 15, 2013

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” —Winston S. Churchill The remarkable medical career of Peter Jacobs, MD, in large part, traces the oncologic history of South Africa. During the decades of political and social unrest that engulfed his native land, Dr. Jacobs treate...

Jane Weeks, MD, MSc, National Leader in Outcomes Research, Dies at 61 

Ronald Piana  / October 15, 2013

On September 10, Jane Carrie Weeks, MD, MSc, a prominent researcher at Dana-Farber Cancer Center, died of cancer in her Boston home. She was 61. At the time of her death, Dr. Weeks was Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of...

Keith Amos, MD, Surgical Oncologist, Dies at 42 

The ASCO Post  / July 25, 2013

Keith Amos, MD, of the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, died recently in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he was on a Dr. Claude Organ, Jr., Travel Award from the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Amos is survived by his wife, Ahaji, and three young daughters. Passiona...

MSKCC Community Mourns the Death of Trudy Nan Small, MD

The ASCO Post  / July 10, 2013

Trudy Nan Small, MD, was a pediatric hematologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center who specialized in the diagnosis and care of children undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for hematologic malignancies and those with life-threatening genetic disorders of the immune system. Sh...

Emil 'Tom' Frei III, MD 1924–2013

Ronald Piana  / June 10, 2013 - Supplement

The pages of medical history are dog-eared with breakthroughs that have transformed medicine and saved lives. One of those dog-eared pages belongs to Emil Frei III, MD, known to his colleagues and friends as Tom. In the dawn of oncology, Dr. Frei, along with his associate, Emil Freireich, MD, did so...

Emil 'Tom' Frei III, MD, Trailblazer in the Development of Combination Chemotherapy, Dies at 89 

Ronald Piana  / May 15, 2013

The pages of medical history are dog-eared with breakthroughs that have transformed medicine and saved lives. One of those dog-eared pages belongs to Emil Frei III, MD, known to his colleagues and friends as Tom. In the dawn of oncology, Dr. Frei, along with his associate, Emil Freireich, MD, did so...

C. Everett Koop, MD, Surgeon General Under Ronald Reagan, Dies at 96 

Ronald Piana  / April 15, 2013

Appointed by the President and called “America’s Doctor,” the Surgeon General’s chief task is to protect and advance the health of the nation. Most of our Surgeon Generals have tiptoed around hot-button public health issues that might bruise political sensibilities and their own careers. C. Everett...

Jane Cooke Wright, MD, ASCO Cofounder, Dies at 93 

Ronald Piana  / March 15, 2013

The practice of oncology advances incrementally; each step forward, no matter how painfully small at times, leads to the next. The oncology community readily offers tribute to predecessors in the field who took those first steps into the uncharted regions of cancer care, without which today’s succes...

Zora Brown, Prominent Cancer Research Advocate, Dies at 63 

The ASCO Post  / March 15, 2013

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) reported with sadness the loss of Zora Brown, a trustee for the AACR Foundation for the Prevention and Cure of Cancer, a breast and ovarian cancer survivor, and a pioneering advocate for cancer research and breast cancer awareness among minorities....

Past ASCO President, John Ridgway Durant, MD, Dies at 82

Ronald Piana  / December 15, 2012

John Ridgway Durant, MD, ASCO’s 20th President, was born on July 29th, 1930, and died on October 28th, 2012. Dates that mark a person’s birth and passing are made all the more significant by how that person filled the days that link the two milestones. Dr. Durant will be remembered fondly as a man w...

Nobel Laureate E. Donnall Thomas, MD, Dies at 92

Ronald Piana  / November 15, 2012

In his 1990 Nobel Prize Lecture, Eduard Donnall Thomas, MD, with characteristic humility, acknowledged that the success he celebrated “was made possible by the work of many others in this and related fields.” Dr. Thomas, whose groundbreaking work in bone marrow transplantation marked a new era in th...

Michael C. Perry, MD, 1945–2011

The ASCO Post  / January 1, 2012

Michael C. Perry, MD, a renowned cancer clinician, educator, researcher, and administrator at the University of Missouri, Columbia, for more than 35 years, passed away October 23, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with polycystic kidney disease and cancer. He was 66. Dr. Perry served as Dire...

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