In Remembrance: Donald L. Morton
The Legacy of a Cancer Researcher
Donald L. Morton, MD, co-founder of the John Wayne Cancer Institute, a proven leader and considered to be the world’s foremost authority in the research and treatment of melanoma, passed away on Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. His pioneering clinical research efforts in the development and clinical application of sentinel node biopsy have transformed the surgical management of many solid tumors, particularly melanoma and breast cancer. He founded the JWCI’s Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, and most recently held the title of Melanoma Program Chief and Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program Co-Director. Dr. Morton’s vision and mission were to educate the next generation of surgical oncologists. He was extremely proud of the success and contributions of those he had the privilege to train. His legacy continues through the research he authored and the spirit and tenacity that his example bestowed upon the many people he mentored.