Moses Judah Folkman, MD (1933 – 2008)

Reports here . More about the man here and here. Detailed biography here.

M. Judah Folkman, the legend behind the theory of angiogenesis in the development of cancer, has died. A clinician-scientist par excellence who weathered through the storm of skepticism in the early days of his career, Dr Folkman leaves behind a legacy of using anti-angiogenesis drugs to make cancer a manageable disease, very much like diabetes and ischaemic heart disease. Having read his works, publications, reflections, and memoirs during the ‘Pharmacology of Inflammation and Angiogenesis’ module of my Part II undergraduate course in Pharmacology at Cambridge, I count Dr Folkman as one of my heroes in science and medicine.

May you rest in peace, Dr Folkman. 

1 Comment

  1. Eiming Djang

    June 15, 2008 @ 6:52 pm


    Judah was one of my mentors when I served my medical internship at Salem Hospital. He was then a busy young man who was an outstandiong teacher both in word and deed. He was the most courteous, generous person I have ever met. He was loved by all the people he touched and even though it’s 46 years ago when I knew him, his example has always guided my medical practice and personal behavior.

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