Tribune Profiles Brain Tumor Surgeon at Rush

Richard Byrne, MD, a neurosurgeon at Rush who treats patients diagnosed with brain cancer, was profiled Sunday in a Chicago Tribune article by reporter Deborah L. Shelton:

In an area of medicine that many might view as bleak, Byrne finds inspiration, a sense of reward and hope. In addition to buying precious weeks or months for terminally ill patients, he contributes to research into these deadly cancers, hoping to see progress in treatment within his lifetime.

“What keeps me going is the fact that there are a lot of people who need us. Most of them come to us desperate and scared,” said Byrne, whose penetrating gaze and low-key presence convey both intensity and calm.

Byrne is part of the Brain Tumor Center at Rush and chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery.

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