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In his honor and memory, the Scott Wadler Memorial Fund for Clinical Research has been established. Donations in his memory should be sent to: Development Office, Attention Gloria Kao, 525 E. 68th Street, Box 123, New York, NY 10021.
Dr. Wadler received a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1967, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Masters in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in 1969. Despite a successful career in advertising, he chose to pursue a career in medicine because he felt unfulfilled. He subsequently gained entrance into medical school at New York University (NYU), where he graduated as a member of AOA in 1980. After internal medicine training at Bellevue and medical oncology training at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and NYU School of Medicine, he joined the faculty at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center where he was from 1985 until 2000, serving as Professor of Medicine, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center. He relocated to NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center in 2001 as Head of the Solid Tumor Service and Director of Clinical Trials Research, and was the first recipient of the Richard T. Silver Distinguished Professorship of Hematology and Medical Oncology.
Dr. Wadler was an internationally recognized clinician and clinical researcher who was an expert in developing new therapies for colorectal and gynecologic cancers. He treated thousands of cancer patients and trained scores of residents and fellows during his 20 year career as a medical oncologist. He authored or co-authored more than 150 articles, and co-edited several books, including one entitled "Molecular Targeting in Oncology" that will be released in August of this year. He served on numerous scientific review panels for the National Institute of Health, and was the recipient of several federal grants and an American Cancer Society Career Development Award. Dr. Wadler was also the founder of the New York Cancer Consortium, an NIH sponsored cancer clinical trials group. At a ceremony that took place at the group's annual meeting in May of last year, he was honored by his many friends and colleagues, including Dr. Spencer Foreman, Dr. David Goldman (Einstein), Dr. James Holland (Mt. Sinai), Dr. Franco Muggia (NYU), and Dr. Richard Silver (Weill Cornell). Dr. Wadler was respected and greatly admired by his colleagues and patients.
Dr. Wadler is survived by his wife, Ronnie, two children, Jonas Wadler and Zoe Schaeffer, mother, Sylvia Wadler, and sister, Blythe Smith.