4 2018

Dr. Saul Hertz: Pioneer of Nuclear Medicine

2:00PM - 4:00PM  

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage 2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH 44122
216-593-0575 info@mmjh.org

Contact Renee Leonard

$ Cost $ 12.00

In the 1930s and 40s, Dr. Saul Hertz revolutionized cancer treatment with his breakthrough research establishing the use of radioactive iodine (RAI) as the cornerstone of nuclear medicine. Today, RAI is the gold standard of targeted cancer therapy. The son of Jewish immigrants to Cleveland, Hertz graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1929 and performed his internship and residency at Cleveland’s Mount Sinai Hospital. As a Jew, Hertz faced many professional challenges that resulted in his contributions being falsely recorded, trivialized, or omitted from medical history. More than 80 years after his research began, his story, achievements, and legacy are now coming to light. Join Barbara Hertz, his daughter, for an illustrated talk on The Hertz family’s origins in Poland, the social biases that impeded Dr. Hertz’s due recognition, and how his medical legacy profoundly impacts current practices.