2011 Alumni Award Winner, David Rosenthal, M.D., M63, J87P, AG88P

Rosenthal gives his acceptance speech at the 2011 Alumni Awards

Rosenthal smiles at a possible future Jumbo—his grandson


David S. Rosenthal, M.D., M63, J87P, AG88P, past president of the American Cancer Society, is director of Harvard University Health Services and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Rosenthal also serves as a senior physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A graduate of Harvard College, Dr. Rosenthal received his degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1963. After an internship and residency with Tufts Medical Service, Boston City Hospital, Dr. Rosenthal was named senior assistant resident at Beth Israel Hospital. His hematology fellowship was on the Tufts service at the Boston City Hospital. At the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Rosenthal directed the Clinical Division of Hematology from 1978–1989. Dr. Rosenthal was chair of the MA Coalition for a Healthy Future/Tobacco Free MA. He has received a number of awards, including the American Cancer Society's St. George Medal; the Meritorious Service Award, United States Air Force; and from the American Medical Association, the Physicians Recognition Award. Dr. Rosenthal is a member of the American Federation of Clinical Research, American Physicians Fellowship, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College Health Association. In 2000, Dr. Rosenthal was named medical director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and was president of the Society for Integrative Oncology. He has been a dedicated and involved alumnus of the Tufts University School of Medicine. He chaired his 40th reunion committee and from 1992–1994 he was a member of the advisory board of Tufts Medicine Bulletin. Dr. Rosenthal has been a member of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association since 2000 and in 2008 he was the secretary/treasurer and in 2009 was the vice president. Dr. Rosenthal feels that Tufts University has played a major role in his life. He describes himself as being part of a Tufts family as his wife, Judy, J60, father-in-law, Dr. Saul Biller, D26, and daughter Laura R. Hrasky, J87, AG88, all graduated from Tufts.

Tufts University Alumni Association Citation

"David, I have known you for many years, but had no idea until recently about the extent of your service to Tufts, your community, and to mankind.

"You are currently director of Harvard University Health Services, which provides services for 35,000 members of the Harvard University community. You are professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, a senior staff physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and medical director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. You are also a researcher, and past state and national president of the American Cancer Society.

Dean of Tufts University School of Medicine, Harris Berman, M.D., wrote that you are a 'nationally recognized leader and distinguished member of the medical profession and the Tufts community. Your achievements in medicine and the community have earned you high honors and put you in the top of your field. You are truly a credit to Tufts.'

"You have unparalleled knowledge of cancer research and treatment, as well as the community organization to advance the pace of cancer discovery. Donald Gudaitis, CEO of the American Cancer Society, writes that your 'leadership by example and your commitment to saving lives speak strongly to the solid foundation of medical training you received at Tufts University School of Medicine.'

"You have been a leader of the Tufts Medical Alumni Association and currently serve as its president. As well, you are an ex officio member of the Medical School's Board of Overseers. You have served as chair of your Reunion Committees, have instituted the Dean's Distinguished Award to deserving Tufts Medical Alumni at your 25th and 50th reunions, and you are a member of the Charles Tufts Society. You have stated that your 'medical career was shaped and catapulted by the many mentors at Tufts University School of Medicine, world leaders in their field.' And you are giving back generously to your alma mater. On behalf of the Tufts University Alumni Association, it is a great honor to recognize your achievements and your dedication to Tufts, and to present you with our Distinguished Service Award.


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