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Making Cancer History Voices Collection

Jan Van Eys, Ph.D., M.D. Partial Interview 1, December 30, 2002

Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection:
Interviewee: Van Eys, Jan, 1929-
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley W.
Title: Jan Van Eys Partial Oral History Interview 1
Dates: December 30, 2002
Abstract Several of Dr. Jan Van Eys’ significant accomplishments related to the advancement of cancer care and patient advocacy are highlighted. The first clip describes his role in the establishment of the Annual Mental Health Conferences. The second clip reviews Dr. Van Eys’ philosophy and opinions regarding what constitutes a fully cured pediatric cancer patient. The last clip includes a brief description of his involvement in the development of a code of ethics for patients.
Collection ID: Van_Eys_Jan_20021230
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 8 minutes
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Jan Van Eys, M.D., Ph.D. moved from the Netherlands to the United States to study biochemistry at Vanderbilt University where he received his Ph.D. in 1955. In 1957, he joined the faculty at Vanderbilt acting as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. An interest in clinical activities led to his leaving Vanderbilt to study medicine at the University of Washington. He completed his medical education at the University of Washington in 1966 and then returned to Vanderbilt where he accepted an appointment to both the pediatrics faculty and the biochemistry faculty. From 1969 to 1973, he was Chief of the Pediatric Hematology Clinic at Vanderbilt where he focused on an active program of both research and clinical practice. In 1973, Van Eys left Vanderbilt to become a leading pediatric hematologist-oncologist and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He later was appointed Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. During that time, he published considerably in the field of medical ethics, as well as in oncology and biochemistry. After retiring from the University of Texas in 1994, Van Eys returned to Vanderbilt as a clinical professor of Pediatrics and senior scholar at the Ethics Center.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Van Eys, Jan, 1929-
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- History
Hospitals, Special
Houston (Tex.)
Oral History

Administrative Information


Interview with Jan Van Eys, Ph.D., M.D. conducted by Lesley W. Brunet

Preferred Citation

Jan Van Eys, Ph.D., M.D. Partial Oral History Interview 1, December 30, 2002, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Processing Information

Oral history was edited by Michele Wilson, HRC Intern, Spring 2011.



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