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IU President Recognizes Distinguished Cancer Center Physician

IU President Michael McRobbie presented Distinguished Professor Lawrence Einhorn, M.D., the Lance Armstrong Foundation Professor in Oncology and a physician/researcher with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, with a Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in recognition of his prominent achievement and dedicated service.

“Dr. Einhorn, this university is very proud of you,” President McRobbie said during a dedication ceremony of IU’s newest and largest research building, the Joseph E. Walther Hall on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

“As an alumnus of Indiana University, and as a faculty member of the School of Medicine since 1973, you have contributed more than three decades of world-renowned work to this great institution.”

Dr. Einhorn is widely recognized for developing in 1974 a chemotherapy regimen for testicular cancer that revolutionized therapy and is responsible for a dramatic improvement in the cure rate of what previously had been a devastating and rapidly fatal disease. Today, more than 95 percent of all patients with this disease now survive.

After beginning his undergraduate education at IU, Dr. Einhorn received his medical education at the University of Iowa. He returned to IU for a residency in internal medicine and a portion of his fellowship in hematology/oncology.

Dr. Einhorn is also an internationally-recognized authority on urologic and lung cancers.

Walther Hall connects two research buildings at its east and west ends to form a three-building, 500,000-square-foot interconnected life sciences research complex at the IU medical center.

It is the new home to scientists in a broad range of disciplines, but the focus of much of the research is on cancer and many of the investigators are members of the IU Simon Cancer Center. Researchers affiliated with the IU Center for Environmental Health, the Center for Immunobiology and the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute have laboratories in the state-of-the-art research building.