Here is part of a press release from the Mayo Clinic yesterday concerning a young, bright myeloma doc, Keith Stewart, who practices at the Mayo Clinic branch in Scottsdale, Arizona.  I met Dr. Stewart and spoke with him after he presented findings at an International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) conference in Minneapolis last fall.  I was very impressed with Dr. Stewart’s presentation and approachability.  Nice guy!  Obviously, people far more influencial–and with much deeper pockets than I agree!

California benefactor chooses to extend support for global impact

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Mayo Clinic is forming a new permanent professorship to augment cancer research that will focus on finding new treatments and preventive measures to reduce the incidence of cancer. This professorship is made possible by a $2 million gift from The Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Charitable Foundation, and the recipient, Keith Stewart, M.B., Ch.B., has been recognized by the Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees.

Vasek Polak was a native of Prague, Czech Republic. He fled Prague in 1948 and later came to the West Coast, where he was the owner of the first Porsche-only dealership in the United States, located in Manhattan Beach, Calif. In 1983, he married Anna Maria Littlejohn; the two met when he repaired her car. She died of cancer in 1993. In 1997, Mr. Polak passed away at the age of 82. The Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Charitable Foundation, located in Torrance, Calif., was established with assets from Mr. Vasek Polak…

Dr. Stewart, the recipient of the Vasek and Anna Maria Polak Professorship in Cancer Research, is a consultant in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, at Mayo Clinic in Arizona. Dr. Stewart holds the academic rank of professor of medicine. He earned his medical degree at Aberdeen University Medical School, United Kingdom; and the Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Western Ontario. He completed an internship at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, United Kingdom; a residency in internal medicine at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario; a fellowship in hematology at the University of Toronto; and a fellowship in research at New England Medical Center, Boston. Dr. Stewart’s research focuses on the biology and treatment of multiple myeloma. His achievements include establishing a large clinical practice with interest in autologous stem cell transplant and novel therapies for myeloma, obtaining national funding and industry support for clinical trials in these arenas, and actively leading a nationally funded laboratory research program in genomics and target identification in myeloma.

Feel good and keep smiling, knowing there are a lot of really smart people out there trying to help us!
Pat