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JoAnne Zujewski, M.D., Med Tech ’76


Jo Anne ZujewskiJo Anne Zujewski describes her decision to attend Marquette as “the single greatest educational choice I ever made.” It proved to be the beginning of a remarkable career.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in medical technology in 1976, she completed her master’s degree, doctor of medicine degree, residency and had a medical oncology fellowship. Her great compassion for women undergoing breast cancer treatment, nurtured in her residency, led to the position she holds today: the National Cancer Institute’s senior investigator and head of the Breast Cancer Therapeutics and Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program in the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis.

Jo Anne is the scientific liaison and disease expert for breast cancer clinical trials. She helped develop an international collaboration of researchers and studies the development of agents to treat the disease. She was founding chairwoman of the breast cancer faculty steering committee at NCI, has served on the planning committee for major breast cancer conferences, and has written numerous publications on treatment and prevention.

Jo Anne says she “grew up” at Marquette and developed the confidence to handle challenges and think for herself.

“The Jesuits gave me the confidence to question,” she says. “And the laboratory science fundamentals I learned have served me well throughout my professional life. I realized there were likely better ways to treat breast cancer, and I wanted to be part of them.”

Jo Anne’s youngest daughter, Karen Riley, Arts ’06, is a Marquette alumna.

 

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