Dr. Dennis M. Hughes: Fighting Skin Cancer in Children

By Michelle Alford on June 20, 2012 in Heroes

h11Dr. Dennis M. Huges, M.D., Ph.D., received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Yale University and completed his residency in Pediatrics at the University of Vermont-Fletcher Allen. He currently does research in the Division of Pediatrics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Hughes has been recognized for his many achievements in medicine, including being named one of America’s Top Oncologist, America’s Top Pediatricians, and the Best Doctors in America. He has also won the Nollenburg Prize – Best Science Award and the Physicians Scientist Award.

Dr. Hughes’ commitment to curing cancer is deeply personal. As a child, he lost an aunt and a close cousin to cancer. At med school, a fellow student who had overcome bone cancer earlier in her life succumbed to a second bout of the deadly disease when it reappeared in her lungs. Soon after, a childhood friend of his died from the same disease. He still remembers his cousin looking at him in the hospital and saying, “Dennis, you’re smart. Why don’t you become a doctor and find a cure for my cancer?”

He finds that fighting childhood cancer has its own special awards. As he explains it, “I have the thrill of seeing a long-time survivor graduate from college, visiting with a parent who can’t say thank you enough, and sharing a discovering in the laboratory that was years in the making.”

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