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Event Title:  The Ben Sischy, M.D. Visiting Scholar in Humane Medicine Lecture
Sischy Lecture
Date:   Oct 16, 2012
Time:   6:00PM - 8:00PM ET
Location:   Memorial Art Gallery
500 University Avenue
Rochester, NY
Description:   The Ben Sischy, M.D. Lecture in Humane Medicine was established in 1991 as a tribute to Dr. Ben Sischy. His career was based on the importance of quality patient care, innovative research, and dedicated teaching. Serving as Highland Hospital's chief of radiation oncology, Dr. Sischy saved lives with his innovative methods of treatment. A former patient of Dr. Sischy's remarked, "When I needed help, he was there. When others told me that my cancer could not be cured, he tried his new technique. I am free of cancer today."
The late Dr. Robert A. Cooper, former chief of the University of Rochester Cancer Center, now the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, said this about Dr. Sischy, "The medical community owes a great deal to Ben. He pioneered many new approaches to cancer treatment in a community hospital setting. He is a prolific, as well as, respected writer and lecturer and yet takes the time to provide very personalized care." For his efforts, Dr. Sischy was appointed clinical professor of radiation therapy by the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Upon his retirement, he was awarded professor emeritus status.

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