Moritz Kircher Death – Dead: Popular Physician Moritz Kircher has sadly passed away. Moritz Kircher was reported to have died last month of August 2020. His cause of death or what killed him was never disclosed to the public.
Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance announced the death of Moritz Kircher in a series of tweets made via their twitter handle.
The tweets read – We are devastated and mourn the loss of 2015 Pershing Square Sohn Prize winner Dr Moritz Kircher, formerly at Sloan Kettering and most recently continuing his pioneering work at Dana Farber. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, colleagues, and the many lives he touched.
His friend Professor Mohammad Rashidian also reacted to the death of Moritz. He described Moritz as an amazing mentor.
In his words he said, Yesterday I lost my so dear friend, Moritz Kircher, who was chair of our Department at Dana Farber. Moritz was a lot more than a colleague to me. He was a friend and an amazing mentor. The world lost a great man and a brilliant mind. An unbelievable loss. He will be dearly missed.
Fay Nicolson made a lengthy post about how on her shared memories with Moritz. The article, Fay Nicolson described Moritz as an Inspirational physician-scientist.
In her words…
Recently I lost my mentor, Moritz Kircher. Moritz was an inspirational physician-scientist with a brilliant mind. He was understanding, empathetic & passionate about his work & research. I am incredibly grateful for everything & I would give so much to tell him that in person.
Thank you for giving me the independence to explore my own ideas, for sharing your vision & your incredibly vast knowledge and expertise with me. Thank you for your constructive feedback on every paper, fellowship and application.
Thank you for taking me & my ideas seriously, for being genuinely happy & encouraging when opportunities came my way.Thank you for recognizing my skills, for being my mentor, encouraging me to be ambitious & for giving me hope that one day, I too can have my own research group.
When I moved to the USA, I could never have imagined how amazing my postdoc would be. You opened my eyes and connected me to the world of molecular imaging and cancer theranostics; for that, I am forever grateful.
You taught me to recognize my strengths and weaknesses and allowed me to collaborate with some amazing people to enable me to become a better researcher. You recognized the importance of working with a diverse group of people so that we could achieve your ultimate vision.
I am grateful to have trained under you, to have learnt from you and to have been part of your long-term vision. You genuinely wanted the best for your postdocs and I am proud to have been one of them.
I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me during these past few weeks. Your messages and actions of support have meant so much to me and I am overwhelmed by your kindness. I have friends and mentors I didn’t even know I had Moving forward, I will continue to deliver Moritz’ vision but for now, thank you for the memories like this time last year at the WMISWMIC, the exchange of knowledge and the amazing opportunities. I will miss you very much.
Few Things You Need To Know About Moritz Kircher
Moritz Kircher, MD, PhD, is an Associate Member in the Department of Radiology, and an Associate Professor of Radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Dr Kircher received his MD/PhD from the Humboldt University in Berlin, in his native country Germany. Dr Kircher then moved to the United States to pursue postdoctoral studies with Ralph Weissleder at the Center for Molecular Imaging Research at MGH, where he worked on novel MRI and smart optical nanoprobes for in vivo imaging of cell trafficking and enzyme expression in tumours.
He then completed an internship in surgery at the Cleveland Clinic, and a residency in Radiology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School, where he also served as chief resident. This was followed by a clinical fellowship in Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Stanford University and a simultaneous postdoctoral fellowship with Sam Gambhir at the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford, where he developed the first triple-modality Raman-MRI-photoacoustic nanoparticle.
In September 2010 he was recruited to MSKCC to build up a laboratory focused on nanoparticle-based cancer imaging while seeing patients on the Body Imaging Service.
He has received several best paper awards from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the Lawrie B. Morrison Research Award from Harvard Medical School, an RSNA Research Scholar Award, the Neuroscience Scholar Award from The Dana Foundation, the Young Investigator Award at the 2012 World Molecular Imaging Conference, and the Walter-Friedrich Award from the German Society of Radiology. In 2014, he became the first Radiologist to receive the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.
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