IU President recognizes distinguished IU Simon Cancer Center physician, researcher


INDIANAPOLIS -- (Oct. 9, 2009) -- Indiana University yesterday recognized the physician who is credited with curing testicular cancer.

IU President Michael McRobbie presented Distinguished Professor Lawrence Einhorn, M.D., the Lance Armstrong Foundation Professor in Oncology with the IU School of Medicine and a physician/researcher with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, with a Thomas Hart Benton Mural Medallion in recognition of his prominent achievement and dedicated service.

“Dr. Einhorn, this university is very proud of you,” President McRobbie said during a dedication ceremony of IU’s newest and largest research building, the Joseph E. Walther Hall on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

“As an alumnus of Indiana University, and as a faculty member of the School of Medicine since 1973, you have contributed more than three decades of world-renowned work to this great institution.”

Dr. Einhorn is widely recognized for developing in 1974 a chemotherapy regimen for testicular cancer that revolutionized therapy and is responsible for a dramatic improvement in the cure rate of what previously had been a devastating and rapidly fatal disease. Today, more than 95 percent of all patients with this disease now survive.

After beginning his undergraduate education at IU, Dr. Einhorn received his medical education at the University of Iowa  He returned to IU for a residency in internal medicine and a portion of his fellowship in hematology/oncology.

Dr. Einhorn is also an internationally-recognized authority on urologic and lung cancers as well as certain other tumors.

Walther Hall connects two research buildings at its east and west ends -- Research II and the Cancer Research Institute -- to form a three-building, 500,000-square-foot interconnected life sciences research complex at the medical center.

It is the new home to scientists in a broad range of disciplines and includes the Herman B Wells Pediatric Research Center, the IU Center for Environmental Health, the Center for Immunobiology, and the Stark Neurosciences Institute. Many of the researchers housed in Walther Hall are members of the IU Simon Cancer Center.