Kurt J. Isselbacher
Kurt Isselbacher received his A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1946 and his M.D. degree cum laude from Harvard Medical School in 1950. He completed his residency in 1953 at the Massachusetts General Hospital and then worked for three years (1953-1956) as a Clinical Investigator at the National Institutes of Health. In 1956, at the age of 31, Dr. Isselbacher returned to Harvard as head of the Gastroenterology Unit. His research focused on the mechanisms involved in the intestinal uptake and transport of sugars, amino acids and lipids. Over the subsequent 30 years, his division became one of the leading centers for training, research and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases in the country. In 1987, the Mass General Board of Trustees created the Mass General Cancer Center and challenged Dr. Isselbacher to be its founding director. Dr. Isselbacher’s vision, steadfast pursuit of excellence and his ability to attract the most talented and highly motivated clinicians and scientists have led to the creation of a superb enterprise focused on cancer research.