Patrick J. Loehrer, Sr., M.D.
Dr. Loehrer is director of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, an IU Distinguished Professor, H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology and associate dean for cancer research at Indiana University School of Medicine.
Recognized as a prolific clinical researcher, Dr. Loehrer is a specialist in a variety of cancers, including cancers of the testis, bladder, colon, pancreas and, most notably, the thymus gland. His work has led to the approval of ifosfamide for the treatment of testicular cancer, and he helped develop therapies for the treatment of several malignancies, including thymoma and cancer of the bladder, colon and pancreas.
His research related to thymic cancer has been recognized with the Exceptional Service Award of the Foundation for Thymic Research. He is a founder of the Hoosier Cancer Research Network (formerly known as the Hoosier Oncology Group) and served as its chairman for two decades. He has also served as chairman of the Genitourinary Committee for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and served as the director of the gastrointestinal research program at the IU Simon Cancer Center.
In 2017, Dr. Loehrer was named the inaugural Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award recipient by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for his extraordinary leadership. Dr. Loehrer has received numerous other awards, including the Flick Family Fund Award, the American Cancer Society Fellowship, the American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Award, the Glenn Irwin Experience Excellence Award, the ECOG Young Investigator Award, the Danielson Award, the Collaborator of the Year Award from the Walther Cancer Institute, and the W. George Pinnell Award. In 2010, he received the Special Recognition Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).
Dr. Loehrer has served on the boards of the ECOG Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He was editor-in-chief of the Yearbook of Oncology and co-editor of the Yearbook of Medicine and has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals. He served as the chair of the newly formed Leadership Development Program of ASCO.
Dr. Loehrer received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University in 1975 and his medical degree from Rush Medical College in 1978. He completed his internship and residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and a fellowship in medical oncology at Indiana University. In 1983, he joined the faculty of IU School of Medicine.
His pastimes include reading, photography and watching the Chicago Bears and the Indianapolis Colts.
Dr. Loehrer and his wife, Deborah, live in Indianapolis. They are the parents of three children.