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radiologist

Philip Strax, American radiologist. Diplomate American Board Radiology. Recipient National Annual award, American Cancer Society, 1980, Kettering prize, Cancer Research General Motors, 1988. Fellow: American College Radiology.

Background

Strax, Philip was born on January 1, 1909 in New York City. Son of Jacob and Molly (Pelchow) Strax.

Education

Bachelor of Science, New York University, 1928. Doctor of Medicine, 1931.

Career

With co-investigators statistician Sam Shapiro and surgeon Louis Venet he conducted a randomized controlled trial comparing outcomes of 60,000 women who received either mammogram and clinical breast exam (study group) or "usual practices in receiving medical care" (control group). The first results of this study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) in 1966. This large and carefully constructed study is the basis for screening mammography performed throughout the world today.

It demonstrated conclusively and for the first time that screening mammograms, which are routine periodic mammograms of asymptomtic women, could find breast cancer at an early enough stage to save lives.

Achievements

  • For this research Dr. Strax and Mr. Shapiro shared the prestigious Kettering Prize for outstanding contributions to cancer diagnosis or treatment in 1988.

Membership

Fellow: American College Radiology.

Connections

Married, January 28, 1949. Children: Norman, Rita, Polly, Marshall, Gayle, Richard.

father:
Jacob Strax

mother:
Molly (Pelchow) Strax

children:
Norman Strax

Rita Strax

Polly Strax

Marshall Strax

Gayle Strax

Richard Strax