Luther W. Brady, M.D.

Luther Brady

Luther W. Brady, M.D., one of the world's foremost oncologists, is Hylda Cohn/American Cancer Society Professor of ClinicalOncology and Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at MCP Hahnemann University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Former Chairman 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, the University announced establishment of the Luther W. Brady, M.D. Professorship in Radiation Oncology in his honor. The following year, 1997, 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. The Chairmanship in the Department of Radiation Oncology became open unexpectedly in January 2001, and Tenet Health System appointed Dr. Brady Interim-Chair of Radiation Oncology at Hahnemann University, MCP and Graduate Hospitals until a suitable candidate is located. He was appointed formally on January 26.

He 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, DC. 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 Chairman 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, Chairman of the Commission on Radiation Oncology, and has served on numerous College committees. As well, he was Chairman of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a nationwide consortium to evaluate forms of cancer treatment.   From 1991 to 1993 he served as appointed Chairman 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 Chairman 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.     

In 1989, Governor Robert Casey appointed him to the Pennsylvania Cancer Control Advisory Board, and he was named Chairman 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. 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, M.D. 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 eleven professional journals.

Honors have been numerous in Dr. Brady's career. Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha upon completion of his medical education, he has presented over twenty named lectureships. Dr. Brady has received twenty-four medals in recognition of his achievement and contributions in his field, many of them gold medals. 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.

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