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Dr. Audrey E. Evans, Philadelphia, a professor emerita of pediatrics at Penn, the first chief of the division of oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and cofounder of the Ronald McDonald house, passed away on Sept. 29, 2022.
In 1969 she was recruited to become CHOP’s first chief of oncology, as well as an associate professor of pediatrics at Penn. She became a renowned figure in the world of childhood cancer, developing a protocol for assessing which children with neuroblastoma need aggressive treatments and which can be aided with less invasive methods. The Evans Staging System was used for decades, and during her tenure at CHOP, the mortality rate for children with neuroblastoma dropped by 50 percent according to some accounts. She was also one of the first researchers to recognize the importance of nursing, psychology, and social work in the care of children with cancer, advocating for a “total care” approach. In 1974, she cofounded, with Philadelphia Eagles general manager Jimmy Murray, the first Ronald McDonald House. The house, which offered a home away from home for families while their children received hospital treatment, became a model for more than 375 other Ronald McDonald Houses in 45 countries. “A family with a sick child is a sick family”, she was known to say. Among many accolades, she received the William Osler Patient Oriented Research Award from Penn in 1997. She retired from her leadership positions at Penn in 1989 but continued to work on neuroblastoma in the lab for another decade, retiring from teaching in 2001 and from CHOP in 2009. In her retirement, she helped found the St. James School in Philadelphia in 2011. A biopic about her life, Audrey’s Children, recently began filming.
From The Pennsylvania Gazette, The Alumni Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania, March/April 2023