Adi Gazdar, MD: one of the founders of the molecular pathology of cancer, a great scientist and a great man

John D. Minna


Adi Gazdar, MD, a true giant in the field of lung cancer research, passed away aged 81 on December 29, 2018. Dr. Gazdar held the W. Ray Wallace Distinguished Chair in Molecular Pathology Research and was Professor of Pathology at the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research and Department of Pathology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Adi Gazdar was one of the first true “molecular pathologists” of lung cancer and help leaded the development of this area around the world through is publications, collaborations, and mentoring activities. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Celia Gazdar.