Andrew Turrisi

Andrew TurrisiTitle: Specialist-in-Chief

Company: Detroit Medical Center

Location: Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI, May 31, 2011, Dr. Andrew Turrisi, Specialist-in-Chief at Detroit Medical Center, has been recognized by Elite American Physicians for dedication, achievements and leadership in radiotherapy and combined modality therapy and cancer management.

For nearly three decades, Dr. Turrisi has maintained his preeminent position in driving the development of new strategies for the uses of chemoradiotherapy. Following his childhood dream of becoming a doctor, he attended Georgetown University and earned an MD in 1974. He went on to complete an internship and residency in internal medicine at the university’s hospital before pursuing a fellowship in medical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Turrisi furthered his education by completing the board certification processes for medical oncology and internal medicine, and therapeutic radiology through the University of Pennsylvania that lead to certification and a faculty position in the Department.

With such an extensive academic experience, it is no surprise that Dr. Turrisi quickly established himself in the international medical community as an expert in small cell and non-small cell cancer treatments, focusing on lung and esophageal cancers. Along with the help of his colleagues, he was able to develop the standard treatment regimen for small cell lung cancer. They also carried out trials at the University of Michigan comparing the benefit of chemoradiotherapy to surgery-only approaches. Although the trials proved statistically insignificant, Dr. Turrisi and his team found that the survival rate of a patient doubled at three years. They have achieved outstanding results when these techniques are utilized toward treatment of their more difficult patients with higher risks.

In addition to his work, Dr. Turrisi greatly enjoys imparting his broad medical knowledge to the next generation of medical students. He currently teaches at the Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He also is on the editorial board of a number of journals, including “The International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics,” and has authored or co-authored 95 articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited three books and written 26 book chapters.

Dr. Turrisi’s exemplary career has garnered him numerous awards. He has been listed in the Best Doctors of America for seventeen consecutive years, as well as listed in Good Housekeeping’s Top 400 Cancer Doctors in 1992 and The 318 Top Cancer Specialists for Women in 1999. His international recognitions include being twice named the Eli Lilly Visiting Fellow of the South African Society of Medical Oncology in 1995 and 1998, and earning the Kani Medal from the FPCR Fellowship in Research during his time in Japan in 1996.

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