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Martin Brecher, MD to Retire After 40 Years Caring for Young WNY Patients

Updated: 6/16/2014

Martin Brecher, MD, who began treating pediatric cancer patients at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 1972 and at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) in 1975 and since became Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Associate Professor and Chief, Hematology/Oncology, for the University at Buffalo, as well as Chairman of Pediatrics for Roswell Park, announced he will retire from active clinical practice in 2014.  He will continue his administrative roles at both institutions until a new Chief and Chairman are recruited.

“We are most grateful to Dr. Brecher for his contributions to the hospital and the great care and dedication he has demonstrated to our community and patients,” said Teresa Quattrin, MD, Pediatrician in-Chief at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and UB Distinguished Professor, A. Conger Goodyear Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University at Buffalo.

Current and past patients with their families, colleagues and collaborators, leadership and support staff from the organizations he served, friends and others will gather to celebrate his contributions to the delivery of health care and to the lives of generations of families throughout Western New York and beyond in Kaminski Park & Gardens at Roswell Park on Wednesday, June 18 at 5 p.m.

Dr. Brecher’s retirement celebration event is being coordinated jointly by Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Roswell Park and UBMD Pediatrics.

“I have had the pleasure of working with so many incredible kids and their families,” says Dr. Brecher. “I never cease to be amazed by the strength, courage and resilience of our young patients. They have taught me a great deal about what things are truly important in life. It has been a real privilege to have had the opportunity to be a part of their lives.”

Dr. Brecher has cared for thousands of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer since arriving at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and Roswell Park.  He was appointed Acting Chief at Roswell in 1987 and then Chairman of Pediatrics for Roswell Park and Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 1990.

All are invited to attend this free retirement celebration. To confirm attendance, please call (716) 845-8788.  For more information click here.

Extensively published, Dr. Brecher has numerous articles, abstracts and book chapters to his credit. He has held a long and active leadership role for Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Brecher has frequently been recognized throughout our community for his contributions, including receiving the Burt Flickinger Jr. Physician’s Award from the Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of WNY Service Award, the Spirit of Teddi Humanitarian Award from Camp Good Days and Special Times, and the New Era Champion for Children Award presented by Brian Moorman’s P.U.N.T. Foundation.

A dedicated and patient teacher, Dr. Brecher also received many academic awards, including the SUNY at Buffalo Frederick B. Wilkes Teaching Award in Pediatrics, Louis A. & Ruth Siegel Distinguished Teaching Award, and a combined SUNY at Buffalo and Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo John Paroski House Staff Teaching Award in Pediatrics.