Lawrence J. Solin ’75 MD’78, P’09, 66, died March 3. An emeritus professor in radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, he championed breast-conserving therapy for women with breast cancer.
Dr. Solin completed his fellowship at Temple’s Fox Chase Cancer Center and became a staff radiation oncologist there in 1984, when he also joined Penn in 1984 as an assistant professor in radiation therapy (later radiation oncology). He became a full professor in 1994 and served on the Faculty Senate. While at Penn, Dr. Solin made several Best Doctors in America lists, serving on the staff at various hospitals. He was also a volunteer faculty member at Thomas Jefferson University. He retired and earned emeritus status in 2008.
Dr. Solin went on to become department chair in radiation oncology at Einstein Hospital. He was a major contributor to the ECOG-ACRIN national trials that defined the standards of care for breast cancer. He played a career-long role in defining the role of radiation therapy to increase cure rates and published his work in the New England Journal of Medicine and other journals. He was an active leader in the NCI Cooperative National Groups and a longtime grantee of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
Dr. Solin is survived by his wife, Leslie Solin ’80; two daughters, including Jennifer Bensimon ’09; and a granddaughter.