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Dr. Ching-Hon Pui  

Oncology Department Chair at St. Judes Children Research Hospital

Dr. Ching-Hon Pui is the Oncology Department Chair at St. Judes Children Research Hospital.

Pui was born in Hong Kong, received his medical degree in Taiwan, and then immigrated to the U.S. at age 25. He has spent his entire career since then at St. Jude, perfecting the arduous and precise treatment that now cures more than 90% of children diagnosed with ALL.

Just as importantly, he has shared that lifesaving knowledge robustly, publishing nine books and more than 1,000 medical papers, book chapters, and monographs. For the past quarter-century, he has also helped lead an international working group that is developing less expensive protocols for resource-limited countries and less toxic treatment for use everywhere.

Pui has managed to get the same high cure rates at St. Jude even without using radiation therapy, for instance, which can damage young bodies. And he’s looking for alternatives to the most brutal of chemical agents, many of which can cause medical problems years after treatment.

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