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September 11, 1997

Public Statement Incidental to Termination of Litigation in RE:

Fisher vs. University of Pittsburgh, et al.

The University of Pittsburgh and Dr. Bernard Fisher announce the withdrawal of the lawsuit initiated by Dr. Fisher following his removal as Principal Investigator and Chairman of the National Cancer Institute's National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) in the Spring of 1994.

The University of Pittsburgh wishes to take this opportunity to apologize to Dr. Fisher and express its sincere regret at any harm or public embarrassment that Dr. Fisher sustained which was in any manner related to the activities of the University of Pittsburgh, and/or its employees. The University and Dr. Fisher wish to affirm that at no time was Dr. Fisher found to have engaged in any scientific or ethical misconduct concerning any of his work. The University's acceding to the National Cancer Institute's decision in the Spring of 1994 to remove Dr. Fisher as Principal Investigator of the NSABP and the subsequent developments in the now settled litigation reaffirms the necessity of the University's commitment to fully investigate any allegations against faculty members which have the potential to impinge upon their First Amendment rights or the essential rights and freedoms of the academic community.

The University wishes to express its pride in the many accomplishments Dr. Fisher has had while associated with the University's Department of Surgery and wishes him success as he continues in the position of Distinguished Service Professor and Scientific Director of the NSABP. Dr. Fisher will continue his efforts relative to the cause of women's health care, particularly as it relates to breast cancer research through his continuing role as Scientific Director of the NSABP.

Filed under: Feature,Volume 30 Issue 2

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