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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Investiture of Dr. Roger Stupp as the Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery

(from left to right) Dr. Maciej Lesniak, Dr. Roger Stupp, Dr. Susan Chang, and Dr. Eric Neilson, Lewis Landsberg Dean and vice president of Medical Affairs.

On December 4, Roger Stupp, MD, was formally invested as the Paul C. Bucy Professor of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Colleagues, friends, family, and members of the Bucy family joined Dr. Stupp in celebrating this prestigious academic position, which represents the highest honor a university can bestow upon its faculty.

“At Feinberg, our shared successes depend upon the intellectual environment created by our superb and committed faculty members, like Dr. Roger Stupp,” said Maciej Lesniak, MD, Michael J. Marchese Professor of Neurosurgery and chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery, who served as the emcee at the investiture. “For this reason, the creation of named and endowed professorships at the medical school is enormously important. These positions allow us to recruit and retain the best and brightest in their fields, allowing us to maintain the excellence and rigor for which Northwestern is known.”

The Stupp Protocol and the Future of Brain Tumor Research

Dr. Roger Stupp is an internationally recognized neuro-oncologist and a leading authority on primary and metastatic brain cancer, lung cancer, and head and neck tumors. He serves as chief of Neuro-oncology in the Ken and Ruth Davee Department of Neurology and professor of Neurological Surgery, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology), and Neurology (Neuro-Oncology). He is co-director of the Northwestern Medicine Lou and Jean Malnati Brain Tumor Institute, and Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

“It’s so important that we were able to recruit Dr. Stupp,” said Kathie Romines, a member of the Malnati Brain Tumor Institute Board of Directors. “When Northwestern started building this team, we knew we wanted the best people, and we had to find the best people from all over the world, and Dr. Stupp is one of them—one of the most important ones,” she said. 

Dr. Stupp and Dr. Lesniak.

Prior to joining Northwestern in 2017, Dr. Stupp was professor of Oncology at the University of Zurich in Switzerland, where he led the Department of Oncology and the Cancer Center of the Zurich University Hospital as its director from 2013 to 2017. Dr. Stupp dedicated a large part of his career to developing multidisciplinary centers of excellence and integrated clinical and translational research at the University Hospital of Lausanne (CHUV), where he served in different functions from 1996 to 2013.

“Roger’s energy and commitment to finding a treatment for brain tumors is extraordinary. He is a great collaborator. I cannot think of a more deserving person of this honor,“ said Susan Chang, MD, Lai Wan Kan Endowed Chair and professor in Residence and vice chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, who served as Dr. Stupp’s extoller at the investiture ceremony.

Dr. Stupp is responsible for creating the Stupp protocol, which revolutionized glioblastoma treatment and changed the landscape of brain tumor treatment. The Stupp protocol has become standard of care for the treatment of glioblastoma since its publication in 2005 and has led to significant survival improvements. It consists of radiotherapy and concomitant chemotherapy with temozolomide, an alkylating agent.

At the investiture, Dr. Stupp spoke about the need to bring innovation rapidly from the laboratory to the clinic, and how a one-size fits all approach does not work with regards to brain tumor treatment. “With better understanding of the biology, we have the opportunity to create personalized approaches and immunotherapy to treat deadly brain tumors,” said Dr. Stupp.

Members of the Bucy family, including Dr. Jim Bucy (front right).

Advisory Council member Janice Feinberg added “You could say that the recruitment of Dr. Stupp is the culmination of the first phase of the brain tumor institute. We now have a tremendous foundation on which to build, and we are happy to be here to celebrate this wonderful professorship.”

Honoring a Pioneer of Neurosurgery

The Paul C. Bucy Professorship in Neurological Surgery was established in memory of Dr. Paul Clancy Bucy, who was born in Hubbard, Iowa, in 1904. Dr. Bucy spent the first 25 years of his career between the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He was a full professor at UIC and became chief of staff at Chicago Memorial Hospital. Dr. Bucy became a professor of Surgery at Northwestern University Medical School when Chicago Memorial and Wesley hospitals merged in 1972. Dr. Bucy was responsible for creating the residency training program at Northwestern in neurological surgery and trained over 60 neurosurgeons, many of whom went on to become leaders in the field.

“We are so proud that Northwestern is remembering our grandfather through this professorship,” said Ann Bucy Geddes, who attended Dr. Stupp’s investiture with many other members of the Bucy family, including Dr. Bucy’s son, Feinberg alumnus Jim Bucy, ’62 MD, ’68 ‘GME. “My grandfather had such humble beginnings. His perseverance was incredible—he always told us not to ever let money make a decision for us. He would be very modest about all of this, but also would feel so honored,” she said.

“I am so thankful for this opportunity and will do my best to give all of the honor to this professorship that the Bucy name deserves,” said Dr. Stupp.