Dr. Leonidas C. Platanias , MD, PhD
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University
Dr. Platanias joins us from the amazing Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University. He is on the team that is conducting research that we've funded for the past two years and so while we hesitate to take him out of the hospital, we know that dancing is a great way to take a break. And he's actually not taking a break because all his dancing is to help continue the fight.
Dr Plantanias, MD, PhD, is the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology and Director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Northwestern.
He was born and raised in Athens, Greece. During high school he was known as one of the best dancers in town. At one point, he even considered a professional career but was humble enough to not want to overshadow his peers. So, instead, he pursued a career in medicine. Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. Platanias completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, and a fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Prior to joining Northwestern, Dr. Platanias was Professor and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dr. Platanias is comfortable in a lab, a hospital, with patients with students, but most of all he is secretly comfortable in his dance shoes out there on the floor... rhythm is in his genes!
We are so grateful to the cancer warriors at Northwestern for once again joining our efforts at our event. We are grateful for their support and even more grateful for their lifetime dedication to working to uncover innovative ways to fight breast cancer.
To show your support for Dr. Platanias and his efforts in the fight against breast cancer, click here to make a donation in his honor. To buy tickets or tables, click here. To make sure your ticket purchase counts in his pursuit of the MVP Award, choose Dr. Platanias's name from the pull-down menu on the online payment form.