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Lectureship Named in Honor of M. D. Anderson Faculty Member

Lectureship Named in Honor of M. D. Anderson Faculty Member
M. D. Anderson News Release 05/27/04

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center recently recognized Professor Emeritus Gerald P. Bodey, M.D., a resident of the Woodlands, with a lectureship in his honor.

Bodey’s lecture, “Many Battles Won, But the War Continues: 40 Years Fighting Infection in Neutropenic Patients,” gave an overview of M. D. Anderson’s pivotal role in addressing infectious diseases in cancer patients.

A pioneer in the study of infections in neutropenia, a condition characterized by a reduced number of blood cells that fight infection, Bodey joined the M. D. Anderson faculty in 1966 where he collaborated with Dr. Emil Freireich to develop the adult leukemia program that exists today at the institution. He has made contributions in the chemotherapy of patients with a variety of malignancies and has made advancements in improving drug therapy for leukemia patients and control of infectious diseases among immuno-compromised patients.

In his various positions, he helped to direct the studies of numerous anti-tumor agents and antibiotics. Under his direction, M. D. Anderson became the first institution to install laminar airflow rooms to protect cancer patients from serious infections while undergoing chemotherapy.

Bodey graduated magna cumme laude from Lafayette College in Easton Pa., and received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1960. He became a professor of medicine in 1975 and later founded the Section of Infectious Diseases at M. D. Anderson. In 1987, he was named chairman of the Department of Medical Specialties. He received the first Faculty Achievement Award at M. D. Anderson and has been honored in Best Doctors in America since 1992. He is a member of multiple professional societies and has authored and co-authored more than 1,000 publications in cancer chemotherapy and infectious disease. He was recognized by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 300 most cited authors in scientific literature in 1981 and in 1990.


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