Dr. Bernard Fisher, pioneer in breast cancer research at Pitt, dies at 101

Dr. Bernard Fisher, pioneer in breast cancer research at Pitt, dies at 101

PITTSBURGH — A local surgeon, scientist and professor who made a profound impact on cancer research has died at 101 years old.

Dr. Bernard Fisher, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, died Wednesday evening, according to a release from the university.

Fisher was a pioneer in the field of breast cancer research, and in 1964, he performed the first kidney transplant.

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Fisher received numerous awards and recognitions throughout his career:

  • Albert Lasker Award for Clinical Medical Research
  • American Association for Cancer Research Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research
  • Honorary doctorate from Pitt
  • Member of the National Academy of Medicine
  • First surgeon to serve as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology

Fisher is survived by three children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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