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Emil J. Freireich - Interview 1

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Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection
Interviewee: Freireich, Emil J., 1927-
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley W.
Title: Emil J. Freireich, M.D. Oral History Interview Portions
Date: July 23, 2001; July 30, 2001; August 13, 2001
Abstract: Several of Dr. Emil Freireich’s significant accomplishments are highlighted regarding his early research and educational interests. The first clip describes some of his early studies concerning platelets and platelet-rich plasma while stationed at the National Cancer Institute. The second clip highlights some of his early work regarding combination chemotherapy as applied to the management of childhood leukemia. The final clip details several of his educational interests and activities at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Collection Id.: Freireich_Emil_2001
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 25 minutes
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1927, Dr. Emil J. Freireich earned his medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in 1949. After serving as a research associate in Hematology at Massachusetts Memorial Hospital, Dr. Freireich spent ten years at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Maryland where he is credited with numerous revolutionary discoveries in the field of leukemia research. In 1965, Dr. Freireich joined the faculty at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center as Professor of Medicine where he has contributed to many pioneering and innovative advancements in the field of oncology. Dr. Freireich was named director of the Adult Leukemia Research Program in 1985 and director of the Special Medical Education Programs in 2000. Dr. Freireich also serves as professor in the departments of Leukemia and Laboratory Medicine.

Dr. Freireich’s research and contributions in both oncology and education have been recognized by multiple honors and awards. Past honors include Charles A. LeMaistre, M.D., Outstanding Achievement Award in Cancer (2000), University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award (2000), 9th Cino del Duca Award from the 11th International Congress on Anti-Cancer Treatment (2001), Pollin Prize for Pediatric Research from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2003), Honorary First Fellow Award from the 40th Anniversary of the Medical Oncology Fellowship Program (2006) and Paul Ehrlich Magic Bullet Award (2008). He has served on numerous editorial boards as well as being a member of several medical societies and organizations. He has also published more than 500 scientific papers and articles on cancer therapeutics and research.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons): Freireich, Emil J., 1927-
Zubrod, C. Gordon (Charles Gordon), 1914-
Subjects (Organizations): National Cancer Institute (NCI)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
Subjects: Research
Clinical Trials as Topic
Leukemia -- drug therapy
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Blood Platelets
Platelet Count
Platelet Transfusion
Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
Houston (TX)
Oral History

Administrative Information

Provenance: Interview with Emil J. Freireich, M.D. conducted by Lesley W. Brunet
Preferred Citation: Emil J. Freicreich, M.D. Oral History Interview Portions, July 23, 2001; July 30, 2001; August 13, 2001, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Processing Information: Oral history was edited by Michele Wilson, HRC Intern, Summer 2011.

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