Richard J. Lee, MD, PhD
Medical Oncologist, Claire and John Bertucci Center for Genitourinary Cancers
Mass General medical oncologist Richard Lee, MD, PhD, is a cutting-edge researcher, but to his patients, Dr. Lee’s humanity is as large as his scientific expertise.
Dr. Lee is applying circulating tumor cell (CTC) technology to study prostate cancer under a Stand Up 2 Cancer Dream Team research grant. He also treats men with genitourinary cancers.
Moved by Dr. Lee’s compassionate care of her son Joaquin, Sonia Andujar inspired her loved ones to write letters of gratitude.
One friend writes, “Dr. Lee gives Joaquin and Sonia what all patients and their families need — hope.” Sonia’s nephew Armando adds, “Joaquin’s cancer strikes not just him but our whole family. Dr. Lee keeps my Aunt Sonia strong and positive.”
Another patient, Tim Quinn, writes, “Dr. Lee diagnosed my cancer and proposed aggressive treatment. I was scared to death, but he made me feel that I was going to be fine.”
A renowned makeup artist, Tim wanted to color his hair and go tanning before starting chemotherapy. “Noting that I’d lose my hair, Dr. Lee advised me to instead, ‘embrace interesting hats and bold fashion statements for a few months,’ reminding me that a sense of humor was going to carry me forward.
Dr. Lee helped me face cancer head on with strength, knowledge and a bit of irreverence.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Patricia A. Kent, MS, RN, CPNP
- Ann Murray Paige
- Corey Jacobson
- Nancy Lee Harris, MD
- Tim Cummings, MSW, LICSW
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Nancy and Richard Kelleher
- Melissa Skolny, MSHA, Cynthia Miller; Lauren Jammallo; Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH; and Michelle Specht, MD, Mass General Lymphedema Screening Team
- Ashley Bonner
- Rose M. Watson
- Kim Rock, Michael Jones and Tricia Ferguson – Institution for Savings
- Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
- Julian Adams, PhD
- The Center for Cancer Risk Assessment Genetic Counselors at Mass General
- Vicki A. Jackson, MD, MPH
- Don Francis, RN, BSN
- James E. Bradner, MD
- Sandra Creamer, RN, OCN, NP, PhD
- Steve Beauville
- Tyler Jacks, PhD
- Harrison Strickler
- Lazarex Foundation
- Lori Wirth
- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
- Mary Philopoulos
- Joshua Sommer
- Anne Fallon
- Pennies from Heaven
- Jeanne Griffin Vaughn, NP
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.