C. Gordon Zubrod

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College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Retired oncologist who helped make chemotherapy a standard treatment for cancer, died at age 84. Dr. Zubrod spent two decades at the NIH, where he served as scientific director of the National Cancer Institute. He led a group of researchers who helped prove that childhood leukemia was curable. Article contains additional information concerning medical service, teaching career, and media appearances. His team of researchers developed a regimen of chemotherapeutic agents to combat various cancers, establishing a precedent still valid today. Dr. Zubrod won the coveted Lasker Award in 1972. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps during World War II, searching for a substitute for precious quinine to treat malaria. Dr. Zubrod's career included teaching on the faculties of Johns Hopkins, St. Louis University, and the University of Miami, where he was professor and chairman of the Department of Oncology and directed the Florida Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Zubrod made numerous television and radio appearances, speaking on problems relating to cancer.


P&S 19 (Fall 1999) P 33, NYT Obit Jan 23, 1999; Current Biography,Jul 1999; Vol. 60, Iss. 7; pg. 63; Journal of Clinical Oncology, May 1999

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