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In Memoriam

Franco M. Muggia, MD, Internationally Regarded Chemotherapy Pioneer, Dies at 85

Ronald Piana  /  October 10, 2021

Today’s life-saving chemotherapeutics originated from the vision and indefatigable work of pioneers in the field whose unwavering vision challenged the status quo. One such pioneer was Franco M. Muggia, MD, who, in a career lasting more than 50 years, had a hand in the development of some of the ...

UNMC Professor Emeritus James Edney, MD, Dies Tragically at 73

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 25, 2021

The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha announced news of the death of James Edney, MD, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Surgery. Dr. Edney died on August 7 in a small plane crash in Minnesota. A Caring Physian and Educator UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, MD, said in a st...

Leland Chung, PhD, Distinguished Mentor and Urologic Oncology Research Scientist, Dies at 80

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

Talk to anyone who knew Leland Chung, PhD, and you’ll hear the same descriptions of the famed scientist: warm, humble, gracious, brilliant, innovative. Dr. Chung, who served as Director of the Urologic Oncology Research Program at Cedars-Sinai Cancer in Los Angeles for 12 years and was Professor in ...

Oncology Community Mourns the Loss of Investigator Angelo Di Leo, MD, PhD

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Oncologist Angelo Di Leo, MD, PhD, recently died after a long struggle with neurodegenerative disease. He was 58 years old. Dr. Di Leo was devoted to breast cancer research for more than 25 years. He first trained with Gianni Bonadonna, MD, in Milan, followed by postdoctoral research at Jules Borde...

Gauri Varadhachary, MD, Compassionate Leader, Caring and Brilliant Physician, Dies at 52

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

Gauri Varadhachary, MD, Clinical Professor in Gastrointestinal (GI) Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, died on June 5, 2021. She was 52. A member of the MD Anderson community for nearly 20 years, Dr. Varadhachary was remembered for her dedication to her patients,...

Innovator in Treatment of Infectious Diseases, Francisco Marty, MD, Dies at 53

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

The Brigham and Women’s hospital community mourns the loss of Francisco Marty, MD, of the Division of Infectious Diseases, who died April 8, 2021, after a tragic accident while hiking in the Dominican Republic. He was 53. A member of the Brigham community for more than 20 years, Dr. Marty is rememb...

Medical Oncologist Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, MD, FRCP, Dies of COVID-19–Related Complications

Ronald Piana  /  June 10, 2021

The members of the oncology community who spend time and energy addressing the growing global cancer burden in low- and middle-income countries have a kind of selfless dedication beyond the scope of the profession itself. One such medical oncologist was Gouri Shankar Bhattacharyya, MD, FRCP, a value...

Mourned and Missed

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 3, 2021 - Narratives Special Issue

The respected members of the oncology community who are listed below passed away in 2020–2021. The ASCO Post remembers them, their lives, and their contributions to cancer research and treatment. John Bartlett, MD Dr. Bartlett, a visionary physician-scientist and pioneer in human immunodeficienc...

Towering Figure in Cancer Drug Development, José Baselga, MD, PhD, FASCO, Dies at Age 61

Ronald Piana  /  April 10, 2021

José Baselga, MD, PhD, FASCO, a global innovator in novel cancer therapeutics, led research efforts in his native country of Spain and in the United States, most notably as Physician-in-Chief at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). “My moment of recognition as an oncologist came early, wh...

Gene Therapy Pioneer Arthur W. Nienhuis, MD, Dies at 79

The ASCO Post Staff  /  March 10, 2021

Gene therapy pioneer Arthur W. Nienhuis, MD, the fourth Director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, died on February 3 at age 79. Under his leadership, the hospital grew exponentially in both size and scientific stature.  “At St. Jude, the nature of our work requires a bold, ambitious approa...

Oncology Community Mourns the Death of Chemotherapy Pioneer Emil J Freireich, MD, FASCO

Jo Cavallo  /  February 25, 2021

Legendary oncologist Emil J Freireich, MD, FASCO, died from COVID-19 on February 1, 2021, at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where he had worked for 50 years. He was 93. During a career that spanned more than 6 decades, Dr. Freireich was relentless in pursuing cures fo...

Conversations With the Pioneers of Oncology: Emil J Freireich, MD, FASCO

Jo Cavallo  /  February 25, 2021

To hear an interview with Dr. Freireich by Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, of the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center and Past President of ASCO, visit the Journal of Clinical Oncology’s podcast, Cancer Stories, wherever you get your podcasts. In this episode, the Cancer Stories podcast reflects...

Joseph V. Simone, MD, Visionary Pediatric Oncologist and ‘Quintessential Mentor,’ Dies at 85

Ronald Piana  /  February 25, 2021

When Joseph V. Simone, MD, was 6 years old, he had his first experience with the death of a child. His 9-month-old brother became sick with the croup and was taken to the nearby children’s hospital, where he died a few days later, leaving Dr. Simone and his family devastated. Caring for sick childre...

Gert Brieger, MD, MPH, PhD, Historian of Medicine and Public Health, Dies at 89

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 25, 2021

Gert Brieger, MD, MPH, PhD, former Director of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Institute of the History of Medicine, died on January 13, 2021, due to heart failure. He was 89. Dr. Brieger is credited with transforming the department from a research center with occasional students to ...

John Bartlett, MD, Pioneer in Infectious Diseases Research and Treatment, Dies at 83

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 25, 2021

John Bartlett, MD, a visionary physician-scientist and pioneer in HIV/AIDS study and treatment who built the infectious diseases division at The Johns Hopkins, died on January 19, 2021, in New York. He was 83 years old. “Over his long and illustrious career, John Bartlett epitomized the best of Joh...

Professor Gordon McVie, International Cancer Researcher and Patient Advocate, Dies at 76

Ronald Piana  /  February 25, 2021

An imposing painting of sailing ships graced the wall behind the desk in the office of Professor Gordon McVie, BSc (Hons), MBChB, MD, FRCP, FRCPEd, FRCPS (Glas), FMedSci, DSc. It was a gift from one of his patients with cancer, a long-term survivor who said the painting reminded her of him, walking ...

Tabaré Vázquez, Former President of Uruguay, Oncologist, and Human Rights Activist, Dies at 80

Ronald Piana  /  December 25, 2020

In 2006, President of Uruguay Dr. Tabaré Vázquez, a radiation oncologist by profession, enacted comprehensive antismoking legislation, eventually leading Uruguay to become the first country in Latin America to prohibit smoking in enclosed public spaces. His bold action drew the ire of international ...

Remembering Patrick H. Beauregard: ‘Selfless in His Efforts to Raise Awareness’ of Colorectal Cancer in Young Adults

Jo Cavallo  /  October 25, 2020

The editors of The ASCO Post are sad to report the death of Patrick H. ­Beauregard on September 6, 2020. The cause was colorectal cancer. Diagnosed with stage IV disease in 2017 at the age of 29, Mr. Beauregard dedicated the last 3 years of his life to raising awareness of colorectal cancer in young...

Isabelle Tabah-Fisch, MD, Drug Researcher, Industry Executive, Dies at 64

The ASCO Post Staff  /  October 25, 2020

Isabelle Tabah-Fisch, MD, a medical oncologist in Paris who contributed greatly to drug development, died August 28, 2020, at age 64. An announcement about Dr. Tabah-Fisch’s death was made by GamaMabs, where she served as Chief Medical Officer until her retirement in March 2020. Under her leadersh...

Joan H. Marks, Pioneer in Genetic Counseling, Dies at 91

The ASCO Post Staff  /  October 25, 2020

Joan H. (Rosen) Marks, a pioneer in genetic counseling, died on September 14, 2020. She was 91. Ms. Marks received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York, in 2019, in recognition of her contributions and leadership to the College and to society, the ...

Roger H. Herzig, MD, Pioneer in the Treatment of Leukemia, Dies at Age 74

Ronald Piana  /  September 10, 2020

More than 5 decades ago, the concept of bone marrow transplantation to treat humans with leukemia was met with varying degrees of skepticism and countless clinical failures. Yet, over those same decades, bone marrow transplantation was transformed from an insurmountable therapeutic option used in a ...

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, Pioneer in Molecular Imaging, Dies at 57

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2020

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, Professor and Chair of Radiology at the Stanford School of Medicine and an internationally recognized pioneer in molecular imaging, died on July 18, 2020, of cancer. He was 57. The Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research, Dr. Gambhir dedicated his career...

Gynecologic Cancer Advocate, Wendy Noelle Ericsson, Dies at Age 60

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2020

The Society of Gynecologic Oncology announced with sadness the death of Wendy Noelle Ericsson, an advocate and champion of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, an advocacy group supporting research, education, and public awareness of gynecologic cancers. Ms. Ericsson’s death was due to complications f...

Cornelius O. ‘Skip’ Granai, MD, Champion of Cancer Care for Women, Dies at 71

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2020

Cornelius O. “Skip” Granai, MD, Founder of the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, died on June 28, 2020, after a long bout with cancer. Dr. Granai strongly believed that cancer care for women should encompass both breast and gynecologic cancers, according...

Flossie Wong-Staal, PhD, Molecular Biologist Who Uncovered the Secrets of Human Immunodeficiency Virus, Dies at 73

Ronald Piana  /  August 10, 2020

The origin of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been traced back to Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, around 1920, when the virus crossed species from chimpanzees to humans. It wasn’t until the 1980s that epidemiologic data began to sum up the number of people who were infect...

Oscar Colegio,MD, PhD, Expert on Skin Cancers Linked to Immunodeficiencies, Dies at 47

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2020

Oscar Colegio, MD, PhD, the Lawrence P. & Joan Castellani Family Endowed Chair in Dermatology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York, died unexpectedly on June 13, 2020, at a family residence in Connecticut. He was 47. Dr. Colegio had relocated to Buffalo when he was r...

Beth Levine, MD, Renowned Doctor and Researcher in the Field of Autophagy, Dies at 60

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2020

Beth Levine, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, Director of the Center for Autophagy Research, and Charles Cameron Sprague Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern), and an investigator at the Howard Hughes...

Neil Spector, MD, Physician-Scientist, Mentor, Author, Dies at 63

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2020

Neil Spector, MD, a physician-scientist, translational research leader, and oncology mentor died on June 14, 2020. He was 63. Dr. Spector was the Sandra Coates Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, and a member of the Duke Cancer...

Champion in Geriatric Oncology, Rosemary Yancik, PhD, Dies at 86

Jerome W. Yates, MD, MPH  /  May 25, 2020

Rosemary Yancik, PhD, a medical sociologist, was best known for her talent of bringing a group of experts together who shared her interests in improving the prevention and management of cancer in elderly patients. She served many years at the National Institutes of Health in both the National Instit...

Researcher and Leader in Cancer Center Administration, John W. Yarbro, MD, PhD, Dies at 88

Ronald Piana  /  May 25, 2020

Most who leave a mark in life are noted for a single contribution; few are remembered for the breadth of their contributions. Such a man was John W. Yarbro, MD, PhD, who, near the end of his rich life, stepped foot on Antarctica, completing his desire to have visited all of the world’s seven contine...

Paul G. Marks, MD, Visionary Leader of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dies at 93

Ronald Piana  /  May 25, 2020

In 1980, Paul G. Marks, MD, became the President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), the oldest and largest private cancer center in the world. Over his 19-year reign, he is credited with setting MSK on a more scientific course by encouraging innovative resea...

Tribute to Bernard Fisher, MD

Ronald Piana  /  June 3, 2020 - Narratives Special Issue

Bernard Fisher, MD, who died on October 16, 2019, at the age of 101, is recognized today for his groundbreaking research in breast cancer, which ultimately ended the standard practice of performing the Halsted radical mastectomy, a treatment that had been in place for more than 75 years. His labor...

Mourned and Missed

Ronald Piana  /  June 3, 2020 - Narratives Special Issue

The respected members of the oncology community who are listed below passed away in 2019–2020. The ASCO Post remembers them, their lives, and their contributions to cancer research and treatment. Clara D. Bloomfield, MD, FASCO The acute myeloid leukemia (AML) community lost one of its shining ligh...

Breast Cancer Specialist Lawrence J. Solin, MD, FACR, FASTRO, Dies at Age 66

Ronald Piana  /  April 10, 2020

Lawrence J. Solin, MD, FACR, FASTRO, a champion of breast-conserving therapy for women with breast cancer, died unexpectedly on March 3 at the age of 66. At the time of his death, Dr. Solin was Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiation Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsyl...

Leukemia

AML Pioneer and Giant, Clara D. Bloomfield, MD, FASCO, Dies at 77

Robert Peter Gale, MD, PhD, DSc(hc), FACP, FRCP, FRCPI(hon), FRSM; Rüdiger Hehlmann, MD, PhD; and Andreas Hochhaus, MD  /  March 25, 2020

Physicians and scientists interested in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) have lost one of the community’s shining lights with the death of Clara D. Bloomfield, MD, FASCO, on March 1, 2020, at age 77 years. Dr. Bloomfield is well known for her more than 50 years of groundbreaking research in blood can...

Nobel Laureate Stanley Cohen, PhD, Dies at 97

The ASCO Post  /  February 25, 2020

Stanley Cohen, PhD, co-recipient of the 1986 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, died on February 5, 2020. The Nobel Laureate was recognized for his discovery of epidermal growth factor and its receptor. He shared the prize with Rita Levi-Montalcini, MD, a former colleague, who was recognized f...

A Tribute to Arti Hurria, MD, FASCO, a Leader in Geriatric Oncology

Ronald Piana  /  January 25, 2019

The oncology community is deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Arti Hurria, MD, FASCO, a nationally regarded expert and advocate for elderly patients with cancer. Dr. Hurria died on November 7, 2018, in a traffic accident. At the time of her tragic death, Dr. Hurria was Director of the City ...

Innovator and Leader in Radiation Oncology, Eli J. Glatstein, MD, FASCO, Dies

Ronald Piana  /  January 25, 2020

Eli J. Glatstein, MD, FASCO, Morton M. Kligerman Professor, Radiation Oncology, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, made a significant impact on how different cancers are diagnosed and treated. His research improved how physicians stage and treat cancer, es...

Hematologist/Oncologist Augustine L. Perrotta, DO, Dies at 80

Michael Perrotta  /  December 10, 2019

On November 24, hematologist/oncologist Augustine L. Perrotta, DO, died, days before his 81st birthday. Ironically, Dr. Perrotta died of renal cell carcinoma, presenting with metastasis to the spine, a topic about which he had written and lectured extensively. Clinical Professor of Medicine at Mic...

Past President of ASH, Stanford Professor, Stanley L. Schrier, MD, Dies at 90

The ASCO Post Staff  /  November 25, 2019

Stanley L. Schrier, MD, Past President of the American Society of Hematology (ASH, 2004–2005) and Professor Emeritus of Hematology at Stanford Medicine in Palo Alto, died on August 16. He was 90 years old. Instrumental to Growth at Stanford Dr. Schrier was a 1954 graduate of Johns Hopkins Univer...

Pioneering Breast Surgeon and NSABP Chair, Bernard Fisher, MD, Dies at 101

Ronald Piana  /  November 10, 2019

American physicist and philosopher Thomas Kuhn coined the term “paradigm shift” to connote a fundamental change in the basic concepts and practices of a standard scientific discipline. They are few and far between. To convince the entrenched oncologic surgery community in the 1960s and 1970s that th...

National Clinical Trials Consultant, Linda L. Hogan, Dies at Age 72

The ASCO Post Staff  /  October 25, 2019

Linda L. Hogan died on August 30, 2019, following a 25-year history of living with breast cancer and a more recent diagnosis of advanced lung cancer. She was born on November 29, 1946, in Farmington, Maine, and was the only child of Eleanor Sidell (Hogan) Stevens of Madison/Waterville, Maine, and ...

Ariel Hollinshead Hyun, PhD, a Pioneer in Cancer Vaccines, Dies at Age 90

Ronald Piana  /  October 10, 2019

Inspiration comes in many forms. For cancer researcher Ariel Hollinshead Hyun, PhD, known professionally as Dr. Hollinshead, it came at the age of 15, when she was captivated by Paul de Kruif’s book Microbe Hunters. She was fascinated by the lives of early bacteriologists detailed in the book and ea...

John Hansen, MD, Transplant Expert Who Founded Volunteer Donor Registries, Dies at 76

Ronald Piana  /  September 10, 2019

Over the past few decades, our understanding of transplant immunology has moved from basic allograft rejection to the current molecular level that offers life-saving treatments for patients with cancer. The scientific elegance of this remarkable therapy’s arc from experimental to standard of care is...

Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Pathologist, Former Director of the National Library of Medicine, Dies at 85

Ronald Piana  /  September 10, 2019

The National Library of Medicine, located in Bethesda, Maryland, was started in 1836 as a small collection of medical books and journals in the office of the U.S. Army Surgeon General. In the ensuing years, the library grew to become the world’s largest and most prestigious biomedical library, with ...

Colorectal Cancer
Genomics/Genetics

Henry T. Lynch, MD, Trailblazer in Hereditary Cancers, Dies at 91

Ronald Piana  /  July 10, 2019

Henry T. Lynch, MD, widely known as “the father of cancer genetics,” had an early life that could have been lifted from the pages of a Louis L’Amour novel. He dropped out of high school and using a falsified birth certificate joined the U.S. Navy at 16 years old, serving as a gunner on a marine ship...

A Pioneering Surgeon Who Opened Doors for Others, LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr, MD, Dies at 89

Ronald Piana  /  July 10, 2019

Lifting himself from the barriers of the segregated South, LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr, MD, would become a nationally regarded oncologic surgeon who opened doors for other in the medical profession. His career was distinguished by “firsts,” such as the first African America President of both the American...

The ASCO Post Remembers

The ASCO Post  /  June 3, 2019 - Narratives Special Issue

The ASCO Post remembers the following members of the oncology community who passed away in 2018–2019. Please write to editor@ASCOPost.com to recognize others and pay tribute in a future issue. Sydney Brenner, MSc, MBBCh, DPhil Sydney Brenner, MSc, MBBCh, DPhil, died on April 6, 2019, at age 92, ac...

Nobel Laureate and Pioneer in Molecular Biology, Sydney Brenner, MSc, MBBCh, DPhil, Dies at 92

The ASCO Post  /  May 10, 2019

Sydney Brenner, MSc, MBBCh, DPhil, died on April 6, 2019, at age 92, according to The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore, where Dr. Brenner had served as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Brenner was conferred the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002 for his pioneering w...

Robert O. Hickman, MD, Inventor of the Hickman Catheter, Dies at 92

The ASCO Post  /  May 10, 2019

Robert O. Hickman, MD, a pediatric nephrologist and inventor of a catheter that revolutionized care for patients with cancer, died on April 4, 2019. He was 92. Dr. Hickman was born on September 27, 1926, in Monticello, Utah. He served in the U.S. Air Force in the mid-1940s and married Lucy Jean Whi...

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