Robert J. Arceci, MD, PhD, director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Hematology and Oncology and co-director of the Ronald A. Matricaria Institute of Molecular Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Arizona, died June 8, 2015. Arceci had been a member of the AACR since 1990.
Arceci, who was also a professor of pediatrics at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, was known for his work on basic and translational research in pediatric hematology and oncology, and was seen as an authority on the diagnosis and treatment of leukemia, histiocytic disorders, and high-risk sarcomas. Arceci, who was editor-in-chief of the journal Pediatric Blood & Cancer, authored the book “Cancer Genomics: From Bench to Personalized Medicine.” In addition, he created the movie “A Lion in the House” on childhood cancer, made by documentary filmmakers Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert.
Born May 22, 1950, Arceci graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and received his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Rochester in New York. He completed his residency and fellowships at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and became director of pediatric hematology and oncology at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Before his tenure at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Arceci served as director and professor of pediatric oncology and professor of oncology and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Throughout his 24-year AACR membership, Arceci served as a member and co-chair of the Research Grant Review Committee, a member of the Ohio State Legislative Committee, and as a mentor in a grant-writing workshop.