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Radiation Oncology Legend Retires

Published September 2005

When Bernard Aron, MD, hopped on an airplane in New York bound for Cincinnati in the fall of 1969, he had no idea that he would be seated next to renowned UC radiologist Benjamin Felson, MD.

Little did he know their conversation would serve as an impromptu interview leading to a prestigious career at UC.

"When we landed," Dr. Aron says, "I asked Dr. Felson when I should come in for my interview, and he said, 'You just had it, and you're hired contingent on two things: my wife has to approve, and you must live in North Avondale.'"

Thirty-six years later, Dr. Aron and his wife still live in the North Avondale home they bought that fall.

The respected radiation oncologist and emeritus professor of radiology will fully retire this month, but his legacy will continue long after his departure.

During his tenure at UC, Dr. Aron made significant contributions to patient care, by establishing UC's Division of Radiation Oncology; to medical resident training, by teaching nearly 80 percent of the region's radiologists; and to clinical research, by leading studies of drugs like tamoxifen in treating invasive breast cancer. He also established a $1.5 million radiation oncology clinical research program to fund new faculty research.

"I'm proud of UC for developing new ideas that make cancer treatments more effective--and raising the level of patient care in Cincinnati and beyond," he says.

When asked what he enjoyed most about his UC career, Dr. Aron replies enthusiastically, "Teaching the next generation of medical faculty!" This is a passion for which he received numerous teaching excellence awards, including the College of Medicine's Golden Apple.

"There is no greater joy than seeing a person learn something, then take that knowledge and do the right thing," he says.

A 10-year member of UC's Institutional Review Board, Dr. Aron is a respected leader in his field. He has published more than 80 studies in peer-evaluated journals and three chapters in medical textbooks and presented at many local, national and international meetings.

On Sept. 15, Dr. Aron and the UC Cancer Center will host the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Education. After that he will--as he puts it--"fly south and get away from the cold of Ohio."

"Cincinnati is such a vibrant, intelligent city to live in," he says. "Its only drawback is that it's not on the Atlantic Ocean!"

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