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Leukemia Research Pioneer Honored by Johns Hopkins Alumni Association - 06/08/2012

Leukemia Research Pioneer Honored by Johns Hopkins Alumni Association

Release Date: June 8, 2012


Internationally-recognized leukemia and infectious diseases expert Gerald P. Bodey, M.D., professor emeritus of infectious diseases at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will receive a 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award for scientific achievement from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.

Bodey, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Class of ’60), was a pioneer in the field of leukemia research, authoring some of the first pivotal studies in managing infections in leukemia patients. He will receive the Hopkins award along with two other recipients, Gary S. Firestein, M.D. (Class of ’80), and Chi Van Dang, M.D., Ph.D. (Class of ’82), at the Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgical Association’s next biennial meeting in June 2013. The award honors alumni who have demonstrated excellence in achievement and brought credit to the university through personal or professional accomplishments or humanitarian service.

“Dr. Bodey dedicated his career to cancer treatment and research,” says Edward D. Miller, M.D., dean of the medical faculty at Johns Hopkins and chief executive officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine. “His extensive accomplishments and international reputation bring a positive reflection to this institution.”

Early in his career, Bodey worked with cancer research pioneer Emil Freireich, M.D., to discover cures for childhood leukemia and learn how to manage an often fatal complication in treatment: infection. Later, he supervised research in MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Developmental Therapeutics, resulting in studies of more than 30 new anticancer agents published in more than 275 medical journals.

In total, Bodey has authored more than 1,100 peer-reviewed scientific publications, delivered invited lectures in all 50 states and nearly 40 countries around the world, and was recognized twice by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 300 most cited authors in scientific literature. He has served on the editorial boards of more than 15 medical journals, including Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Primary Care and Cancer, and Infectious Disease Review.

Born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, Bodey earned an undergraduate degree from Lafayette College in 1956 and a medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University in 1960. He worked for three years at the National Cancer Institute before joining the faculty of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1966, where he established the adult acute leukemia service, served as chief of the Cancer Chemotherapy Branch in the Department of Developmental Therapeutics, founded the Section of Infectious Diseases, was appointed the first director of the Office of Protocol Research, and was chairman of the Department of Medical Specialties until he retired in 1995.

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