The Donald J. Fernbach, MD papers contain materials relating to his career in pediatric oncology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.
A significant amount of material comes from the Southwest Cancer Chemotherapy Study Group, of which Dr. Fernbach was a founder, and its successors the Southwest Oncology Group and Pediatric Oncology Group. The groups would meet, correspond, and collaborate on grants to conduct clinical trials for research and to improve patient care. Dating from 1956 through 1990, these materials include meeting minutes, agendas, grant applications and documentation, correspondence, and reports. Many of these materials relate to the groups' Cancer Chemotherapy grants / Acute Leukemia in Children (ALinc) studies.
Another focal point of the collection is Dr. Fernbach's work at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital. The materials related to these institutions span his career from approximately 1955 to 1991. A significant portion relates to his work on various committees within both institutions. Other materials relate to the Hematology-Oncology Service / Section, which Dr. Fernbach established, as well as the Research Hematology Laboratory. In addition, there are copies of several theses and dissertations written by Baylor students advised by Dr. Fernbach.
The collection also documents his involvement in other organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House in Houston, the American Cancer Society, and the University of Texas.
In addition to text and information pertaining to his book Clinical Pediatric Oncology, the collection also includes other publications, reprints, and presentations. Similarly, aside from the Acute Leukemia in Children (ALinC) studies, there is also research from other projects, such as the National Wilm's Tumor Study.
Dr. Fernbach's papers include extensive correspondence. Where clearly associated with a single organization or project, the correspondence has been filed within the appropriate series. In other cases, general or wide-ranging correspondence has been added to its own series.
A final small section of the collection documents Dr. Fernbach's anti-smoking advocacy within the Texas Medical Center and Houston.
Fernbach, Donald J.