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Henry T. Lynch (Deceased)
Professor of Medicine
Creighton University School of Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Dr. Henry T. Lynch was a Professor of medicine at Creighton University School of Medicine. His publications include more than 650 journal articles and more than a dozen books related to the diagnosis, prevention, counseling and treatment of hereditary disorders, primarily cancer. In 1984, the term “Lynch syndrome” was coined to recognize his contributions in identifying the strain of hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer. His identification of the Lynch syndrome, provided a more accurate prediction of a patient’s risk for the disease, allowing for earlier detection and treatment.
Dr. Lynch passed away at the age of 91 on June 2, 2019. He was the founder and director of the Hereditary Cancer Center at Creighton University, which opened in 1984, and dedicated his life to cancer research, especially hereditary cancers. Dr. Lynch studied the cancer histories of more than 3,000 families in his more than 50-year career tracking the genetic linkages in certain forms of cancer.
Education: Graduated from the University of Oklahoma, Master’s degree in psychology from Denver University. He earned his medical degree at the University of Texas and Ph.D. in Human Genetics at Austin.
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