Peter Nowell, M.D. Fund
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Pioneers of the Philadelphia chromosome Peter C. Nowell, M.D., (left) and the late David A. Hungerford, Ph.D.
Peter Nowell helped usher in the era of modern cancer medicine with the discovery of the Philadelphia chromosome. His legacy is alive today at Penn in the Department of Pathology and the Abramson Cancer Center.
Fundraising goal $300,000.00
Recent donations (52 donations)
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Dr. Eleanor Pollak $150.00
Gary Koretzky and Kim Overby
Leslie and Mary Shaw
Mr. Hank and Laura Pletcher $1000.00
Dr. Jaime Modiano
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Join the Final Push to Endow a Legacy: Peter Nowell, MD

Peter C. Nowell, MD, in his lab at Penn
Founding Father of Cancer Discovery
Peter Nowell, MD, embodies that rare combination of a true scholar and gentleman. When you add exceptional mentor to that, you are in the company of the most select physician scientists!

Dr. Nowell's scientific contributions are legendary and have formed the basis of modern cancer diagnostics and therapy. His identification of the Philadelphia Chromosome was the first genetic link to cancer and, along with his model of clinical evolution of cancer, laid the groundwork for the targeted therapies and cutting edge diagnostics now available in Penn's Center for Personalized Diagnostics.

Above all, Peter has been most proud of his contributions to biomedical education. His lab was always a hotbed of learning with this gifted mentor right in the middle of the action. On a given day you could find Peter talking with elementary students on the wonders of science, as well as the graduate and medical students, and world-class scientists who came to learn from him. His mentoring is evident in the careers of many of today's medical leaders.

Today, Peter Nowell is retired but still enjoys seeing his friends and former colleagues to "talk science". We would like to add to the many honors Peter has received by establishing an endowed professorship in his name. As scientists, colleagues and friends who know first hand how unique Peter is, please join me in making this a reality by donating today. We have secured some significant donations and, with your help, we can reach the final goal to make the Peter Nowell Endowed Professorship a reality in 2014!
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We have $2.7 million in commitments to help establish the Peter Nowell, MD, Endowed Professorship. Join this community of inspired donors to reach our goal by raising $300,000 in the next 3 weeks. During this period, your gift will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Penn Medicine's Department of Pathology. Join our efforts today!

To make a multi-year pledge to this effort, or for questions about giving, contact Tricia Bruning at or (215) 898-1033.
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    Both brilliant scientist and dedicated mentor and friend --Dr. Eleanor Pollak
    It has been my privilege to have known Peter since I started my career here as a post doctoral fellow in the newly created --under Peter's wise guidance -- Laboratory Medicine division. I am pleased to contribute to this lasting honor and tribute to this inspirational leader who provided us all with a passion for working at the interface of basic and translational science. --Leslie and Mary Shaw
    Where do you start? Dr. Nowell has helped so many of us, directly and indirectly. Work hard, have fun, and try and do the right thing every day. --Mr. Hank and Laura Pletcher
    It is an honor to be able to recognize Peter's accomplishments in this fashion. His work in cancer genetics was ground breaking at the time and is still the benchmark in cytogenetics even today. --Mr. Robert Challender
    Peter's lasting contribution to medicine deserves recognition at Penn, and I am happy to contribute to this very worthy cause. --Dr. Michael Husson

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