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Lia Gore '87

Distinguished Achievement

Lia Gore '87Premier cancer researcher Lia Gore is committed to finding more effective, less toxic therapies for children with cancer.

An internationally recognized expert in pediatric experimental therapeutics, Gore helped establish an experimental therapy service at Children’s Hospital Colorado, and she co-founded a national group, POETIC (Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium) that today includes 10 of the nation’s major pediatric institutions providing experimental therapy to children with cancer, both in the United States and in other countries.

Gore wears several hats: she is an associate professor of pediatrics and medical oncology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, program leader of experimental therapeutics at Children’s Hospital of Colorado’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, director of the Early Phase Hematological Malignancies Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, and co-founder and co-director of POETIC.

A Carleton psychology major, Gore earned an MD at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1993. She was a pediatric resident at Children’s National Medical Center in 1994 before moving to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, where she completed her pediatric residency.

With the help of the Paul Newman Hole in the Wall Foundation, Gore was among the founders of a camp in Colorado—the Roundup River Ranch—for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, and she is its medical director.

Her awards and honors are many: she has been among the “Best Doctors in America” since 2005, was the 2007 Physician of the Year for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, was named New Inventor of the Year in 2007 by the Technology Transfer Office at the University of Colorado–Denver, and was elected to America’s Top Oncologists in 2008, among other distinctions.

Gore is widely published in medical journals, is a popular speaker nationwide, has directed more than 100 clinical trials, and sits on advisory panels to the National Cancer Institute and several pharmaceutical development organizations.

An active Alumni Admissions Representative for 25 years, Gore is also on the Class of ’87’s 25th reunion committee and volunteers with the Carleton Career Center. She lives in Denver, Colorado, with her son Alex and partner, Dr. Frank Haluska, and shares her Carleton connection with her brother Paul Gore ’91. 

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