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
"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
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."