Herman Suit, MD, PhD and Joan Suit, PhD

Philanthropist | 2015

Herman Suit, MD, PhD, and his wife, Joan Suit, PhD, have both made far-reaching contributions to their fields, he in radiation oncology and she in microbiology. Now retired, they devote their formidable talent, energy and resources to giving back.

For the Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center, the Suits’ support has come in many forms. The couple made the Friends’ first planned gift, and Joan served as an enthusiastic volunteer and Friends’ board secretary for 25 years. The Friends’ goal is to promote whole-person healing and the group funds a wide range of supportive services for cancer patients and their families. Among Joan’s favorites are the Toy Box, offering pediatric patients and their siblings a toy every Friday following treatment, and the rooftop Howard Ulfelder, MD, Healing Garden.

The Suits also contributed to the establishment of the Herman and Joan Suit Professorship in Radiation Oncology. Most recently, they contributed to the development of a Professorship of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology at the Mass General Cancer Center. These gifts pay tribute to Herman’s distinguished career at the hospital, which he joined in 1970 as its first Radiation Oncology chief and where he pioneered the use of proton therapy for cancer patients.

Edward Epp, PhD, retired head of Radiation Biophysics at Mass General, once said of Dr. Suit, “For Herman, the patients always came first.” For both Drs. Suit, they still do.

Herman and Joan Suit’s generosity helps bring joy and peace to cancer patients. Story told by Jordan Rich of The Jordan Rich Show on WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Visit www.theonehundred.org to learn more and meet the rest of our honorees.

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