Why Wetzler's Warriors?
Dr. Meir Wetzler, was Chief of the Leukemia at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and University at Buffalo (UB) Professor of Medicine. He passed away in February of 2015 from injuries sustained during a skiing accident in Colorado.
Nationally prominent in his field, Dr. Wetzler helped set the standard of care for patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).
Born in Israel, Dr. Wetzler earned his medical degree from Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School and completed his internal medicine residency at that school’s affiliated Kaplan Hospital.
He completed his fellowship training in medical oncology, clinical immunology, and biological therapy at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Wetzler joined Roswell Park in 1994. In addition to serving as Chief of Leukemia, he chaired its Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, co-chaired the Scientific Review Committee, and oversaw the leukemia tissue biorepository, among other responsibilities. He worked tirelessly to attract new clinical trials to the cancer institute.
Dr. Wetzler joined UB’s faculty in 1999 as an Associate Professor, rising to the rank of Professor in 2005. Dr. Wetzler’s research focused on three areas: the role of the breakpoint cluster region gene in chronic and acute leukemias, the involvement of cytokines and their signal transduction in leukemogenesis, and the development of immunotherapy for leukemia.
He authored more than 100 scholarly articles and served on the CML Treatment Committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.
Colleagues remember him as an accomplished, compassionate physician, as well as a dedicated mentor to medical students, residents, and fellows.
He was taken from us too soon but his legacy lives on through our fellowship program and each one of us whose lives he touched.
I invite you to join us in this year's Ride for Roswell as a WETZLER'S WARRIOR. If you can't ride physically, do consider supporting by spreading the word, donating, volunteering or even becoming a virtual rider!
Finding a cure for cancer is something we are all incredibly passionate about, and we are so thankful and grateful for your support. Together, we can make a difference!