Fifty years since the National Cancer Act of 1971 declared “War on Cancer” and a decade since the first drug, an immunotherapy, was approved to treat metastatic melanoma, a leading clinician researcher goes head to head with melanoma brain metastasis.
As a pediatrician, Sarah Armstrong, MD, has devoted her career to improving children’s health and well-being.
“My training allowed me to deal with most of the pediatric conditions that came into my office,” Armstrong said, “but by the late 1990s – early 2000s, something different was emerging. More kids were coming in with obesity and exhibiting adult-type problems.”
Neurosurgeon Derek Southwell, MD, PhD, has been at Duke only since 2019, but he has already expanded the options for epilepsy treatment in the state of North Carolina. As both clinician and researcher, Southwell works every day to improve the lives of people with this challenging condition, in which nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing seizures.