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Luther W. Brady

Luther W. Brady, MD

Affiliate Faculty

Department: Radiation Oncology


  • MD - George Washington University, Washington, DC

Luther W. Brady, MD, one of the world's foremost oncologists, is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Drexel University College of Medicine. Former chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Hahnemann University, Dr. Brady stepped down in 1996, having built during a distinguished tenure a department reputed for its teaching excellence and innovative approaches in the treatment of cancer. In June 1996, Hahnemann announced establishment of the Luther W. Brady, MD, Professorship in Radiation Oncology in his honor. The following year the faculty committee promoted Dr. Brady to the institution's highest academic rank of university professor. In 1999, in recognition of exceptional contribution and accomplishment in the field of oncology, the American Medical Association presented Dr. Brady with the AMA Distinguished Service Award Gold Medal. Later that same year the Philadelphia County Medical Society granted him the 1999 Strittmatter Award, one of the most illustrious honors given for high achievement in the field of medicine. In January 2001, Tenet Health System appointed Dr. Brady interim chair of radiation oncology at Hahnemann University, MCP and Graduate Hospitals.

Dr. Brady is a physician with an extraordinary range of interests and activities, both within the discipline of radiation oncology and in his multiple avocations. In spite of extensive commitments throughout the United States and around the world, he continues to be directly involved in patient care, the teaching of undergraduate medical students and post-graduate training of residents in radiation oncology.

Dr. Brady was born in North Carolina and received his undergraduate and medical education at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He received post-graduate training in radiology and radiation oncology at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Bethesda and in Philadelphia, at Jefferson Medical College and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Except for a year at Harvard Medical School and a brief tenure in New York with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, his entire academic career has been in Philadelphia, first at the University of Pennsylvania, and since the fall of 1959, at Hahnemann University Hospital. He has held the rank of professor since 1963 and, in 1970, was appointed chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine. In 1975, he was named the Hylda Cohn/American Cancer professor of clinical oncology. Hahnemann recognized Dr. Brady's enormous professional commitment and dedication by establishing the Luther W. Brady Pavilion in 1980. When Hahnemann University and Medical College of Pennsylvania merged in 1994 he was named head of the combined MCP/Hahnemann University Department of Radiation Oncology and Nuclear Medicine.

No one in the specialty of radiation oncology has had the breadth and depth of involvement as Dr. Brady. During his career he has served as president of every major professional society related to the field, including:

  • American College of Radiation Oncology (founding president)
  • American Radium Society
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
  • American Board of Radiology
  • Inter-Society Council for Radiation Oncology
  • Radiological Society of North America
  • Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiology Departments
  • Society of Chairmen of Academic Radiation Oncology Departments

Dr. Brady is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and a fellow of the American College of Radiation Oncology. He has been a member of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors, chair of the Commission on Radiation Oncology, and has served on numerous College committees. As well, he was chair of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a nationwide consortium to evaluate forms of cancer treatment. From 1991 to 1993 he served as appointed chair of the radiation oncology committee for ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education).

In the meantime, Dr. Brady's involvement with the arts has been equally intense. He has worked on behalf of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He has been chair of its executive committee and is now a member of the board of trustees. In 1996 the Philadelphia Museum of Art announced the establishment of the Luther W. Brady Curatorship of Japanese Art. His love of music, and opera in particular, is well known. He has served on the board of directors of the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Opera Company of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Opera Company as well as the Settlement Music School and the Curtis Institute of Music, both of Philadelphia. As a tribute to his contributions to the realm of art, Colgate University conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts in May 1988.

Dr. Brady has received three medals honoring his outstanding contributions to the arts and education:

  • City of Philadelphia Distinguished Honoree Medal (1993) in appreciation for his many years of commitment to all of the cultural arts
  • George Washington University Society Medal (1995) by the Trustees of the University
  • James B. Colgate Society Medal (1995) by the Trustees of Colgate University in recognition and appreciation for his valuable contributions to Colgate University

His remarkable accomplishments during his career have been recognized in manifold ways. In 1990 Dr. Brady received the degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, from Lehigh University. That same year, George Washington University granted him the Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award. In 1995 he was elected to the university board of trustees of George Washington University, and in 1996 he was appointed to the governing board of the University's School of Medicine and Medical Center. In Japan in 1996 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine, Honoris Causa, from the Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, and in 1997 the University of Heidelberg awarded him an honorary doctoral degree, Doctoris Medicinae Honoris Cause, a rare event in the oldest German university.

In 1989 Governor Robert Casey appointed him to the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Advisory Board, and he was named chair the following year. The Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society designated him Radiologist of the Year in 1990. He was presented the American Cancer Society Cancer Control Award in 1992.

Honors have been numerous in Dr. Brady's career. Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha upon completion of his medical education, he has presented over 20 named lectureships. Among them:

  • Ruvelson Lectureship, University of Minnesota Medical School (1978)
  • Erskine Lecture of the Radiological Society of North America (1979)
  • Janeway Lecture of the American Radium Society (1980)
  • Maurice Lenz Memorial Lecture of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (1983)
  • Elis Berven Lectureship of the Swedish Academy of Medicine (1986)
  • Patricia Trost Friedler Oncology Lectureship of the Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, LA (1990)
  • Probstein Oncology Lecture of the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, MO (1990)
  • Jerome M. Vaeth Distinguished Lectureship, W. Coast Cancer Foundation, San Francisco, CA (1991)
  • Murray Houser Award and Lectureship, Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (1992)
  • Joseph A. Keelty Lectureship, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD (1992)
  • Hermann-Holthusen-Institut Lectureship, Hamburg, Germany (1992)
  • E. Richard King Lectureship, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA (1993)
  • Ruvelson Lectureship in Gynecologic Cancer, University of Minnesota Medical School (1994)
  • St. George's Hospital Distinguished Lectureship, University of Eppendorf, Germany (1997)

Dr. Brady has received 24 medals in recognition of his achievement and contributions in his field, 11 of which are from societies in the United States:

  • Chicago Radiological Society (1977)
  • American Radium Society (1981)
  • American College of Radiology (1983)
  • Gilbert H. Fletcher Society (1984)
  • Albert Soiland Society (1985)
  • Juan A. del Regato Foundation (1986)
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (1987)
  • Academies of Practice (1988)
  • Radiological Society of North America (1989)
  • Gold Medal, American College of Radiation Oncology (1996)
  • Gold Medal, American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Distinguished Service Award (1999)

Thirteen medals have been granted by societies overseas:

  • National Medical Society of Ecuador (1980)
  • Catholic University, Rome (1984)
  • University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain (1986)
  • Swedish Academy of Medicine (1986)
  • Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan (1988)
  • Georg-August-Universitat Medal of the University of Gottingen (1988)
  • International Congress of Radiation Oncology (1989)
  • Padre Pio Medal, Casa Sollievo della Sofferenzo, Foggia, Italy (1993)
  • Pisa University on occasion of the 650th Anniversary of the School of Medicine, (1993)
  • University Medal, Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University, Toyama, Japan (1996)
  • University Medal, Kanzawa University School of Medicine, Kanazawa, Japan (1996)
  • Gold Medal, Fondazaion Giorgio Caleri, Instituto of Poligrafico e Zecca Della State (1996)
  • Silver Medal, The Fondazione Internationale, Pisa, Italy (1996)

Dr. Brady holds honorary fellowships from the Italian Society of Radiologic Medicine (1983), the Royal College of Radiologists (1985), the Deutsche Rontgengesellshaft (1985), and the Academy of Medicine of Belgium (1991). He was awarded honorary fellowship in de L'Academie Royale de Medecine de Belgique in Brussels during the occasion of its 150th Anniversary, and represents one of six living Americans who have been elected to the prestigious position as academician of the Royal Academy. He is the first radiation oncologist to have been elected in its history. Elected a fellow member in the Royal Society of Medicine in London (1992), the following year he was elected member in the Society of Radiology of the Royal Society of Medicine (1993). In 1997 he was elected to receive the Deutsche Gesellshaft für Radioonkologie Honorary Fellowship, the first such award given by the German Society of Radiation Oncology.

He is also a member of the International Advisory Board of the Austrian/International Club for Radio-Oncologists of the Austrian Society for Radiooncology, Radiobiology & Medical Physics. He served on the honorary committee for the 4th International Congress of the International Union Against Cancer, and he has served, nationally and internationally, as chair or co-chair of numerous scientific sessions at conferences on cancer.

Dr. Brady is cited in Marquis' Who's Who in America; Who's Who in the World; Who's Who in the East; Who's Who in International Medicine; Who's Who in Frontier & Science Technology; Who's Who in Cancer Professionals & Facilities; American Men & Women of Science; Who's Who in the Arts, and International Leaders in Achievement. He is also named in White and Westwood's "The Best Doctors in America" and in American Health's publication of "The Nation's Top MDs - Chosen by Their Colleagues."


One of the most prolific investigators in the history of radiation oncology, Dr. Brady's publications have ranged from tumors of the eye and orbit, a subject on which he is considered a world authority, to the more common cancers of the breast, lung, cervix, malignant lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease. He has over 600 publications to his credit and is co-editor with Carlos A. Perez, MD, of the landmark textbook, Principles and Practice of Radiation Oncology, published in its third edition in 1997. He is editor in chief of the American Journal of Clinical Oncology and a member of the editorial advisory boards of 11 professional journals.