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Dr. Rundles was my first Hematologist. I was diagosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in March 1972. My surgeon in Columbia, South Carolina referred me to Duke Medical PDC to see Dr. R. Wayne Rundles. I arrived at Duke on Easter Sunday, April 1, 1972.
Dr. Rundles saw me on Monday, April 2 and I was admitted into Hanes Ward. The first test was a lymphangiogram that staged my Hodkin's at Stage IIIB, then scans and a lot of blood work. I began my first chemotherapy (MOPP) treatment on April 4, 1972 under the watchful eyes of Dr. Rundles and Byron Schermerhorn (a Physicians Assistant); standard protocol and upon completion of the MOPP treatment followed up with COPP treatment. Dr. Rundles was a kind and spiritually devine physician. Dr. Rundles told my mother and me through God's guidance and God's use of the physicians hands God would make me well". I saw Dr. Rundles each month for the first year of my remission, six months for the second year of my remission and then down to four times a year to once a year in 1980. I saw Dr. Rundles the last time before he retired in October 1989. Dr. Rundles was a very humble and brilliant healer. He listened and comforted and treated. He was always honest with his patients.
Dr. Rundles was my light in a storm of living. With Love and appreciation to express my feelings from my soul. I miss Dr. Rundles so very much.
Dr. Rundles was one of the first major hematologists to take a lead in medical oncology. He made significant contributions to treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, acute and chronic myelogenous leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, discovery of allopurinol and Immuran (in collaboration with Hitchings and Elion and several colleagues at Duke) and in new drug discovery for hematologic malignancies, gout and immune suppression.
– John Laszlo, MD
I had the opportunity to know and work with Dr. Rundles at Duke University, first as a house officer -- later, after fellowship training in cardiology at Duke, and hematology/clinical pathology at the NIH, as a junior faculty member. I respected his intellect greatly, did not always see eye-to-eye with him on clinical and administrative matters, but learned a great deal from him and mourned his passing. I value highly this window into his history and his dispassionate (and humorous) assessment of his colleagues and his own many contributions to hematology and medicine. Thank you.
– Judith C. Andersen, MD
– Michael Rundles, Jr.
He was a good friend.
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