Dr. Gewirtz, Hematology-Oncology

Dr. Alan Gewirtz, the C. Willard Robinson Professor of Hematology-Oncology at the School of Medicine, passed away November 17, 2010; he was 61.

Dr. Gewirtz earned his AB in marine biology from Colgate University in 1971 and his MD and MA in microbiology from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976.

Dr. Gewirtz came to Penn following his tenure at Temple University from 1984-90.

A distinguished scientist, physician and author, Dr. Gewirtz’s research focused on the cell biology of normal and malignant human hematopoiesis and his goal was to advance the development of more effective, and less toxic therapies for human leukemia. He was the recipient of the Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award and Philadelphia Magazine included him in their 2010 listing of “Top Docs.” Dr. Gewirtz served on a number of editorial boards and reviewed manuscripts for numerous scientific journals. In addition, he was a member of the Medical/Scientific Advisory Committee of the Leukemia Society of America and was a National Trustee of the organization. He was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 1990.

Dr. Gewirtz is survived by his children, Jamie Gewirtz and Emily Stiebel; brothers, Elliot, Henry and David; and granddaughter, Jane.

Donations may be made to the Alan Gewirtz Leukemia Research Fund, c/o the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, 3535 Market St. Suite 750, Philadelphia, PA 19104.