November 1997

Ehrendoktorwürde der Universität Heidelberg an Luther W. Brady

Die Medizinische Fakultät der Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg verlieh die Ehrendoktorwürde an Luther W. Brady, MD, Professor of Clinical Oncology and Professor of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Allegheny University Hospitals, Hahnemann, Philadelphia.

Die Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg würdigt die Verdienste von Prof. Brady wie folgt:

Dr. Brady was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, in 1925. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington D.C. in 1948. He did his internship at the Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia in 1950. His postgraduate education began with a theoretical rotation in Bethesda which was followed by radiobiology at Duke University, School of Medicine. He completed his further radiological education in Bethesda, at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania in 1956.

He began his teaching activities as early as in 1952 at George Washington University, later he was an instructor at the Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia and at the University of Pennsylvania. At age 34, he was assistant professor of radiology at Columbia University in New York in 1959. After that, he was appointed associate professor of radiology at the Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital of Philadelphia. In 1962 he was assistant professor of radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston. He has worked as professor of radiology at Hahnemann Medical College since 1963 and as professor and chairman of the department of radiation oncology and nuclear medicine since 1970. In addition, he has been a professor and chairman at the Medical College of Pennsylvania since 1994. Furthermore, Dr. Brady acts as a consultant in radiation therapy in 24 different university hospitals.

Dr. Brady is a member of numerous societies, for example of the American Medical Association, of the American College of Radiology, of the Radiological Society of North America, of the American Cancer Society, of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. In most of the American oncological societies, he holds several positions. In the course of his career, he has received numerous national and international awards. He has given 20 named lectures and plenary lectures in the US and abroad. Dr. Brady has been awarded a total of 22 honorary medals, for example from the American Radium Society, American College of Radiology, from the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the medal of the Catholic University in Rome as well as the University Medal of the University of Göttingen. The most recent gold medal was presented to him from the American College of Radiation Oncology in 1996.

He has already received two honorary doctoral degrees, one from Colgate University in 1988 and one from Lehigh University in 1990.

Numerous societies like the American College of Radiology, the Royal College of Radiologists in the United Kongdom and the German Röntgensociety have appointed him to honorary membership.

Dr. Brady acts as editor and co-editor in several American scientific journals. He has been editor in chief of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology since 1977. Furthermore he is co-editor of the Investigative Radiologist, the American Journal of Radiology, Cancer and Cancer Research. In addition, he is a member of numerous editorial boards.

His curriculum vitae includes more than 550 original contributions in peer reviewed international journals.

His field of activity includes the entire radiooncology and nuclear medicine. He has particularly worked on therapeutic strategies for bladder carcinomas, breast cancer, carcinoma of the larynx, and Hodgkin´s disease. Furthermore Dr. Brady was instrumental in the initiation and establishment of modern radiooncological treatment methods of eye tumors. The same is true for the treatment of cervical cancer, for which he established new standards of treatment at the beginning of his career. The scientific-theoretical approach in his work focuses mainly on tumor oxygenation, the use of radiosensitizers as well as hyperthermia combined with radiotherapy. Recently, he established a team of scientists exploring radioimmunotherapy.

The standard textbook of radiation oncology, published by Dr. Brady and Carlos Perez in the third edition, is wide spread and defines the standards of modern radiation oncology.

Since the beginning of the 1970´s, the problem of oncological education of his collegues has been his special concern. He introduced guiding quality criteria, was a member of the national board examination committee and, whenever you visit him in his institute, he is always an inspiring teacher for students, residents and collegues asking for his advice. He always has an open door for guests and patiently pays attention to all questions, although he has a very busy schedule. His dedication to education and training in oncology is underlined by his landmark paper on “Education and Training in Cancer Centers”, published in Cancer in 1972. At that time, Dr. Brady already stated the principles of standardization and quality control in oncology. He has followed this path consequently and contributed very much to today´s quality control.

A further milestone for radiation oncology was Dr. Brady´s article “Radiation Oncology –Programs for the Present and Future” in Cancer, 1985, where he defined progress in radiation oncology. Especially regarding then ongoing changes in radiation oncology as to the definition of clinical studies, he emphasized that they have to be adjusted to interdisciplinary concepts in oncology. His idea was that the radiooncological research programs have to be oriented according to other specialized disciplines in order to be able to develop a comprehensive therapeutic concept.

His connection to Germany besides his personal relationship to different radiation oncologists is mainly influenced by his position as editor of the series Medical Radiology together with M.W. Donner, H.P. Heilmann and F. Heuck in the Springer Verlag, which has been a highly reputable series since 1984.

Prof. Brady´s friendly support to allow German radiation oncologists to give lectures in the US and to introduce them as visitors in the specialized cancer centers has been of great importance to us. German radiation oncology, which played an important role between the world wars and delivered many significant scientific contributions, recovered only slowly after the second world war in comparison to the rest of Western Europe and America. Prof. Brady was one of those who made the German radiation oncologist to partners and his support was permanent. This has progressed even more since then and he now assists young German physicians to become clinical or research fellows in the US. Prof. Brady is visiting the University of Heidelberg on a regular basis to give lectures on current topics which is always stimulating and highly appreciated. He was one of the international consultants of radiation oncology for our Tumorzentrum and has made guiding encouragements.

Luther Brady is a man who, in a time of American domincance in the medical sciences, has created balance. Our neuroradiologist, Prof. Sartor, who worked in America for 7 years, said: Luther Brady has become a mediator, who is deeply interested in removing protectionistic tendencies, forstering transatlantic cooperations and appreciating scientific achievements, even if it did not originate in the United States.

Beside his clinical and scientific work he is also an expert and promoter of art and music. Beside memberships in different other institutions, he is dedicated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has been awarded several times for his commitment to art and music.

Luther Brady is an extraordinary personality in America and distinguishes himself by a very long time of scientific work. He is a friendly, hospitable man, influenced by curiousity and enthusiasm. It is a great honor for the medical faculty to have him as a doctor medicinae honoris causae.


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