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2011 Georgetown Medical Center Legend Reception Honors Former Director of Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Marc E. Lippman, M.D., former director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and former chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Georgetown University School of Medicine was the guest of honor at the second annual Georgetown University Medical Center Legend Reception. Speaking to Lippman’s accomplishments, Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president of health sciences and executive dean of the School of Medicine, cited the huge impact the renowned oncologist has had on retaining Lombardi’s elite designation as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute, one of only 40 such designated institutions nationwide.

“Marc Lippman has touched many lives: those who came to Georgetown, those who heard about Georgetown through him and many, many thousands of patients.” Federoff said in his introduction. 

Federoff also credited Lippman, who led Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center from 1988 to 2001, with assembling the research team that has made Lombardi’s Nina Hyde Breast Cancer Center a leader in cancer research and treatment in the United States. Lippman’s early focus on the molecular basis of cancer and how breast cancer cells respond to hormones also were game changers, Federoff said, adding: “His work has heralded the ability to take new approaches.”

In the mid-1970s, breast cancer killed more than half of all women who exhibited the disease. Now, the fatality rate is less than one out of every five women.  “Hundreds of thousands of women are alive today because of the transformation of a disease I have tried to treat my whole life,” Lippman said. “That’s a very satisfying way to feel about your life’s work.”

Lippman is now the chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and was named the Kathleen & Stanley Glaser Professor of Medicine.