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Dr. Allan R. Oseroff, skin cancer treatment pioneer June 26, 1943 -- Oct. 16, 2008

A memorial service for Dr. Alan R. Oseroff, a Roswell Park Cancer Institute physician, will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 19 in the cancer center.

Dr. Oseroff died Oct. 16 in his Buffalo home. He was 65.

He was born in Jersey City, N.J., and graduated from Princeton University. He received a doctorate in applied physics from Harvard University and a medical degree from Yale University.

Dr. Oseroff was chairman of the dermatology department at Roswell Park and at the University at Buffalo. At Roswell Park, he held the Castellani Family Chair in Dermatology, which was created in his honor.

He was an internationally recognized expert in the use of lasers and light-activated molecules -- known as photodynamic therapy -- for the treatment of various forms of cancer. He also specialized in the treatment of skin and other cancers that were unresponsive to standard therapy. The protocols he developed have been adopted by practitioners throughout the world.

Before coming to Roswell Park in 1989, Oseroff held faculty appointments at Tufts University and at Harvard, as well as fellowships and residencies at Stanford University and the University of Chicago.

He was author or co-author of more than 200 articles in scientific journals. He spoke frequently at dermatology and photobiology conferences throughout the country and abroad. He also was on the advisory boards of many laser institutes.

Survivors include his wife, Dr. Stephanie Pincus; a son, Benjamin; and two stepchildren, Matthew and Tamara Pincus.

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