St. Jude research physician dies of cancer

Dr. Brian Sorrentino, the director of Experimental Hematology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, died Friday, Nov. 16 after battling cancer. (Source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
Dr. Brian Sorrentino, the director of Experimental Hematology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, died Friday, Nov. 16 after battling cancer. (Source: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A longtime researcher at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has died of cancer.

Dr. Brian Sorrentino died Friday, Nov. 16. He survived childhood cancer and grew up to become a world-renowned scientist.

Sorrentino worked with St. Jude for 25 years as the director of Experimental Hematology. His most recent project has dramatically improved the immune systems of infants with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency.

“Dr. Sorrentino was a prodigious researcher, and his colleagues and friends at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will remember his kindhearted nature and dedication,” said James R. Downing, M.D., St. Jude president and chief executive officer. “We mourn the loss of a great individual, but we will continue to carry on his work as we strive to advance cures for children with catastrophic diseases.”

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