Richard H. Creech, MD, a medical oncologist and a longtime member of the AACR, died July 1, 2023, at the age of 83.
Creech earned a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1961, then a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965. He held a residency in internal medicine at Presbyterian Medical Center of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and conducted fellowships at the National Cancer Institute and the University of Pennsylvania.
A specialist in breast cancer, Creech practiced and taught medicine at many Philadelphia-area institutions throughout the course of his career. He held staff positions at Philadelphia General Hospital, the American Oncologic Hospital (which merged with the Institute for Cancer Research and is known today as Fox Chase Cancer Center), and Holy Redeemer Hospital. He served as principal investigator at Fox Chase of the national Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group.
He served as the division chief of medical oncology at Temple University Hospital, and was chair of the Department of Medicine at The Temple University Hospital’s Jeanes campus for 22 years. He also served as an adjunct professor of medicine at the Temple University School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania. After retiring, he continued to serve as a medical consultant.
Creech was recognized with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. He was an elected fellow of the American College of Physicians and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He joined the AACR in 1979 and most recently was an emeritus member.
Creech’s father, Hugh J. Creech, PhD, was also a longtime member of the AACR, serving for 25 years as the organization’s secretary/treasurer, and later as vice president, president, and archivist.
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