It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. James Holland, one of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s earliest supporters and a leading medical expert in the field of cancer research. Dr. Holland and Tony Martell were brought together when Tony’s son T.J. was diagnosed with leukemia many years ago. Dr. James Holland treated T.J. and then became a founding research doctor of the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Over the past four decades Dr. Holland made incredible contributions to the Foundation by providing countless referrals and consultations to cancer patients along with leadership in the area of ground-breaking research and new treatments. Holland was a Distinguished Professor of Neoplastic Diseases at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He received many prestigious awards including the Lasker Award for his work in cancer chemotherapy, the American Cancer Society National Award, the Distinguished Scientific Award of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and many other honorary degrees. He received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.
“Dr. Holland was a very fine gentleman and a magnificent physician. His impact on the T.J. Martell Foundation was profound,” said Joel A. Katz chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “He pioneered new horizons in oncology care and research. We will celebrate the gifts he shared with us for years to come.”
“The world has lost one of the most innovative, nurturing, and extraordinary experts in his field. Dr. Holland was a true friend to the Martell family, Tony’s foundation and the many patients he treated and cared for over the years,” said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the Foundation. “We will miss him.”