publication date: Feb. 3, 2017

Obituary LeMaistre, a pioneer of cancer prevention and former MD Anderson president, dies at 92

By Otis Brawley

Chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society

Charles Aubrey “Mickey” LeMaistre, a former president of MD Anderson Cancer and a pioneer of cancer prevention, died Jan. 27. He was 92.

LeMaistre combined his extraordinary skill as a physician, educator and academic administrator with a confident and charismatic style to become one of the giants of medicine. He touched history in being one of the early visionaries in the field of cancer prevention and control and public health oncology.

He was a force in medical education and an architect of the modern-day MD Anderson Cancer Center. On a more personal note, Mickey was a mentor and a friend to many of us in medicine, especially oncology.

Mickey LeMaistre was born in 1924 in the deep south, or as he used to say “the very deep south.” He was from Lockhart, AL, which was a small lumber mill town of about 1,000 people near the Gulf Coast.

He went to college at the University of Alabama and medical school at Cornell. After graduating, he trained in internal medicine at New York Hospital and completed a fellowship in infectious disease, specializing in … Continue reading LeMaistre, a pioneer of cancer prevention and former MD Anderson president, dies at 92

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