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18COMMUNIQUFALL2014ALUMNIbyPatGrauerWith5096graduatesMSUCOMrepresentslessthanonepercentofMichiganStateUniversitys530000alumni.YetthecollegehasproducedtwoofthesixMSUDistinguishedAlumniAwardwinnersinthelasttwoyearsMarkE.Fleming99in2013andPatriciaM.LoRusso81inSeptember.LoRussonominatedbythecollegewashonoredatceremoniesattheKelloggCenterforhercompassionatepatientcareoutstandingcancerresearchandherteachingskill.Hercitationbelowfromtheeventclearlydemonstrateswhyshewaschosen.PatriciaM.LoRussoD.O.MSUDistinguishedAlumnushumbleexemplarBeforeDr.LoRussobecameanexemplarandinternationallyrespectedexpertandadvocateoftranslationaltherapeuticsshestudiedattheUniversityofDetroitreceivingherB.Sc.in1977followedbyherD.O.fromMichiganStateUniversityin1981.FollowinggraduationDr.LoRussocompletedherinternshipandresidencyininternalmedicineatRiversideOsteopathicHospitalinTrentonMichiganandafellowshipinhematologyandoncologyatWayneStateUniversity.Dr.LoRussowidelyregardedasaleadingexpertondevelopingnewcancerdrugsthroughclinicaltrialsjoinedYaleCancerCenterinAugustasaprofessorofmedicineandassociatedirectorofinnovativemedicine.PriortoherYaleappointmentsheservedinnumerousleadershiprolesatWayneStateUniversitysBarbaraKarmanosCancerInstitutemostrecentlyasdirectorofthePhaseIclinicaltrialsProgramandoftheEisenbergCenterforExperimentalTherapeutics.Sheistheauthorof202peer-reviewedpublicationseightbooksandchapters237publishedabstractsandhasreceived30majorgrantsmanyofthemoveramilliondollarsand11ofthemcurrentlyactive.Dr.LoRussohasservedasco-chairoftheNationalCancerInstituteNCICancerTherapyEvaluationProgramInvestigationalDrugSteeringCommitteeandhasservedonthescienticcommitteeoftheAmericanAssociationforCancerResearchtheeducationandscienticcommitteesoftheAmericanSocietyofClinicalOncologyandasamemberofseveralNCIandotherpeer-reviewedgrantcommittees.ShehasalongandimpressivelistofhonorsinbothresearchandteachingincludingtheKarmanosCancerInstituteFacultyAwardforClinicalExcellenceandtheWayneStateUniversityteachingAward.Dr.LoRussospassionforcancerresearchprovideshopeandlongevitytopatientslocallynationallyandinternationally.PatriciaLoRussoandScottWestermanexecutivedirectoroftheMSUAlumniAssociation