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Newsmaker: Dr. J. Anthony Graves

| Monday, June 29, 2015, 11:12 p.m.
Dr. J. Anthony Graves, of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, won a three-year, $225,000 grant from CureSearch for research into neuroblastoma in 2014.
Dr. J. Anthony Graves, of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, won a three-year, $225,000 grant from CureSearch for research into neuroblastoma in 2014.

Noteworthy: Graves has been named Milton Hershey School's 2015 Alumnus of the Year. He was recognized for his commitment to pediatric cancer research and the example of excellence and philanthropy he sets for students. He spoke at the school's commencement June 14.

Age: 45

Residence: North Hills

Family: sons: Isaac, 12, Anthony Jr., 5, Benjamin, 3

Occupation: pediatric cancer researcher at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and assistant professor of pediatrics. Graves has a research laboratory at the hospital, where he focuses on studying mitochondrial physiology in pediatric cancers.

Education: diploma, Milton Hershey School, 1987; Bachelor of Arts, 1991, Bucknell University; Ph.D, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996; M.D., The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2002.

Quote: The Milton Hershey School “provided me stability and comfort and gave me more of an opportunity to grow as a person. (That) is something that cannot be measured. ... It was at a pretty critical time in my life. They just helped to calm a lot of the noise that was making school very difficult for me. If I didn't have (the school), I don't know that I would have ever been able to do the things I ultimately have been able to accomplish.”

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