Donald L. Morton, MD (1934–2014)
A Legend in Surgical Oncology
Donald L. Morton was a pioneer in shaping the specialty of surgical oncology and was one of the leading surgical investigators in the world.1 He was the President of the Society of Surgical Oncology in 1992–1993, and was instrumental in launching the Annals of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Morton shaped surgical oncology management on a global basis. His pioneering clinical research efforts in the development and clinical application of sentinel node biopsy transformed the surgical management of many solid tumors. He authored over 1,000 publications, received continuous research funding from National Cancer Institute for more than 38 years, and trained over 100 fellows, most of whom went on to leadership roles in academic institutions or major cancer centers. His prowess as a clinical surgeon saved the lives of many patients and his research contributed to our fund of knowledge that we use every day around the world in our own clinical practices. He influenced us all in the field of surgical oncology with his professional standards, strategies, and approaches that we all emulate in our own professional lives.
Donald Morton was truly a legend in surgical oncology, an icon as a surgical investigator, a pioneer in melanoma, a valued mentor, an authentic role model, and a cherished friend to many of us around the world. Though he led a busy professional life, he was also a devoted husband to his wife Lorraine and his family.
Bless you all for the unconditional love-to my father Garry, my mother Soon, my grandfather Shizuichi, my wife Jaimie, as well as our children Josiah, Elijah, and Zechariah
To my wife Carol, and our children Glen, Alan, Laura, and Mark
To my husband Sam, and our precious children Spencer and Sade
To my wife Megan, and our children Katie, Molly, Emma, and Michael
To Terry who continues to inspire our family with her courage, vitality, and unbridled enthusiasm.
To my wife Michele, and our children Brian and Sarah