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Alexander Fefer

Alexander Fefer

Class of 1955

Alex is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington.

Education and Experience::
Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, in Seattle,
Fellow in Hematology/Oncology, Univ of Washington, 1968-1970.
Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda,Md, 1966-1968.
Internal Medicine, Univ of Pittsburgh,1964-1966.
M.D., Stanford University, 1964.
Fellow in Tumor Biology, Karolinska Institute, Sweden, 1963.
B.A., Harvard University, 1959.

Honors and Awards:
1992, Named one of the '400 Best Cancer Doctors in America' by 'Good Housekeeping',
1991, Lifetime Science Award from the Institute for Advanced Studies in Immunology and Aging,
1976-1981, American Cancer Society Professor of Clinical Oncology,
1971-1976, Scholar of the Leukemia Society of America,
1963, Research Fellow of the Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research,
1962, Roche Award for 'Outstanding Student of Medicine',

I cannot believe it's been 54 years and that I have been in Seattle for 42 of them. My career has involved laboratory and clinical research in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation and in the immunologic therapy of cancer. In 1968, I was recruited to Seattle to become one of four members of the Seattle Marrow Transplant Team which started the entire field under Dr Ed Thomas, who received a Nobel Prize for the work in 1990.

Due to a great deal of luck, persistence and brilliant colleagues, I have been fortunate in making some contributions, with resultant benefits to patients.

In addition to research, teaching and patient care, the work has involved much speaking, writing and traveling. Overall, my professional life has been more interesting, enjoyable and successful than I had ever expected.

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