“Naperville oncologist Dr. Patrick Stiff says it’s his personality as an “excitement junkie” that led him to a career in cancer research instead of, say, internal medicine.
Stiff likes to explore frontiers — both in his career at Loyola University’s Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Maywood and in his free time journeying to far-off destinations on several continents.
At work, Stiff is an award-winning oncologist, hematologist and professor who developed a simpler way to freeze stem cells before transplant — a procedure that has helped cure more leukemia, lymphoma and cancer patients.
And while his penchant for climbing mountains or driving dog sledding teams draw amazement from his family and colleagues, his achievements as a doctor have earned him a bigger award. Stiff, 66, is this year’s recipient of the Stritch Medal, the highest honor given by the Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.”
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