BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A highly-respected doctor at Roswell Park Cancer Institute passed away over the weekend. Dr. Meir Wetzler died Sunday afternoon, after a skiing accident earlier this month.
“All of us who worked with him and interacted with him are better people because we knew Meir.”- Dr. Adjei.
Wetzler was the Chief of the Leukemia Section and Medical Director of Clinical Services in the Department of Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He joined Roswell Park in 1994.
In a letter to employees, Dr. Alex A. Adjei remembered Dr. Wetzler as “selflessly dedicated to RPCI.” Adjei is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine, and Senior Vice President of Clinical Research at the Katherine Anne Gioia Chair in Cancer Medicine.
Dr. Adjei’s statement said in part, “Meir touched us all in so many different ways; Roswell Park has lost a dedicated son. All of us who worked with him and interacted with him are better people because we knew Meir. He will be sorely missed.”
Nancy Holiman credits him with saving ehr life back in 2002. “When I first arrived here at Roswell by ambulance, I was as they said ‘activily dying’ and he had just opened a Phase I clinical trial and I was his first patient.” said Holiman. “I look back at my medical records and the things that he brought me through, I sometimes I wonder how did he do it.”
His secretary at the Leukemia Center, Lea Gaglione has strong words of praise. “He was just the perfect person who was put on this earth to just bring joy to everybody and that’s what he did on a daily basis.”
Kara Eaton-Weaver, executive director of Patient and Family Experience at RPCI, released this statement, ” Meir embodied patient- and family-centered care. He gave a piece of himself in everything he did, from his research to his care for patients to his interactions with his team of colleagues. Meir was a transformational leader who built a culture of empathy, compassion and integrity and innovation. His character is an inspiration to us all. We are forever grateful for the gifts he shared with us.”
Dr. Wetzler had just turned 60 years old a few months ago. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized.