Clinical Cancer Researcher D. Lawrence Wickerham Honored by W&J for Innovative Leadership

WASHINGTON, PA (March, 18, 2013)—Dr. D. Lawrence Wickerham, a 1972 graduate of Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) and a leader in the field of clinical cancer research, has been honored by his alma mater with the Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award for Innovative Leadership.

Wickerham has more than 30 years of experience in the design, conduct and analysis of international research studies, the results of which have dramatically improved the care and quality of life of women with breast cancer.

He received his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1976. Today, he is an associate professor of medicine at the Pittsburgh Campus of Temple University School of Medicine and the Chief of Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Allegheny General Hospital.

For the past decade, Wickerham's primary research focus has been the evaluation of methods to prevent the development of breast cancer and other malignancies. He is the associate chairman of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), a federally funded cancer research network with headquarters in Pittsburgh.

Among Wickerham's awards are the National Cancer Institute Recognition Award for outstanding research efforts in cancer prevention and the Potamkin Award for outstanding work in breast cancer research from the Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition.

Wickerham said the leadership skills he has developed over the years, in a variety of different areas, all “really started at W&J.”

He said leadership is about “setting goals and figuring out how to get there.” Key skills, he continued, include working with people, incorporating teamwork, and maintaining team loyalty. “It is a learning experience every day,” he said. “My ability to deal with people started for me at W&J.”

Wickerham was a four-year member of the W&J golf team and team captain his senior season. He is also a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He served on the W&J Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2002.h

The Maurice Cleveland Waltersdorf Award for Innovative Leadership annually recognizes W&J alumni who attain a high level of achievement and exemplifies the spirit and leadership qualities manifested by Dr. Maurice C. Waltersdorf, who served as a professor and chairman of the Department of Economics at W&J for 32 years.


Dr. D. Lawrence Wickerham, second from left, with current members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity