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Making Cancer History Voices Collection

Gerald P. Bodey, M.D. Oral History Interview 1, January 3, 2005

Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection:
Interviewee: Bodey, Gerald P., 1934-
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley W.
Title: Gerald P. Bodey, M.D. Oral History Interview 1
Dates: March 3, 2003
Abstract The interview with Dr. Gerald P. Bodey begins with the evolution of his medical career. His various positions held at M.D. Anderson are also recounted. The interview continues with a description of several of his major contributions to medicine, including his work with laminar airflow units and neutropenic patients. His collaborative work with Dr. Emil Freireich concerning leukemia patients and drug therapy is also highlighted. Dr. Bodey’s professional activities and international involvement are discussed as well. The interview concludes with a discussion regarding the influences and career decisions which led to his decision to study oncology.
Collection ID: Bodey_Gerald_20030303
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 1 hour, 41 minutes
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library,The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Dr. Gerald P. Bodey was born in Hazelton, Pennsylvania on May 22, 1934. He attended Lafayette College where he graduated magna cum laude in 1956. After completing his medical education at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Bodey spent three years at the National Cancer Institute. An interest in acute leukemia led to his joining the faculty of the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1966 where he collaborated with Dr. Emil Freireich in establishing adult acute leukemia service. In 1975, he became a professor of medicine and served as chief of the Cancer Chemotherapy Branch in the Department of Developmental Therapeutics. Later, he founded the Section of Infectious Diseases and was appointed the first director of the Office of Protocol Research. In 1987, Dr. Bodey was named chairman of the Department of Medical Specialties, a post he held until he retired in 1995.

Dr. Bodey is an internationally recognized figure in leukemia research, having lectured professionally in numerous countries. In addition, he has authored or co-authored more than 1,000 publications and has been recognized twice by the Institute for Scientific Information as one of the 300 most cited authors in scientific literature. In 2004, Dr. Bodey was recognized by the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center with a lectureship in his honor for his many years of service in fighting infections in neutropenic patients. Dr. Bodey currently resides in The Woodlands, TX where he retains the title Emeritus Professor in the Department of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bodey, Gerald P.
Frei, Emil, 1924-
Freireich, Emil J., 1927-
Krakoff, Irwin H.
Subjects (Organizations)
National Cancer Institute (U.S.)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Developmental Therapeutics
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Chemotherapy, Adjuvant
Clinical Trials as Topic
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Leukemia -- drug therapy
Laboratories, Hospital
Hospitals, Special
Hospital Departments
Patient Isolators
Neoplasms -- prevention and control
Pseudomonas Infections
Communicable Diseases
Houston (Tex.)
Oral History

Administrative Information


Interview with Dr. Gerald P. Bodey conducted by Lesley W. Brunet

Preferred Citation

Gerald P. Bodey, M.D. Oral History Interview 1, March 03, 2003, 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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