Az Business and AZRE magazines announced the publications’ lists of the Most Influential Women in Arizona for 2019 in the July issues of the magazines. Each day, is profiling one of the Most Influential Women of 2019.

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Today’s spotlight: Cynthia Wetmore, MD, PhD

Title: Division Chief, Hematology/Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplantation; Director, Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders; Director, Section on Neuro-oncology; Phoenix Children’s Hospital

Dr. Wetmore is the director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders and Division Chief of Hematology/Oncology at Phoenix Children’s Hospital.  She is also Professor of Child Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix and provides care for children battling brain tumors. 

Source of pride:Bringing together the expertise of ASU Biodesign Institute and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to conduct a ‘first in human’ trial of a novel customized peptide vaccine for children with deadly brain tumors.  This study is led by PCH, supported by Gateway for Cancer Research and is their first study funded in Arizona.”

The personality trait that helped you succeed:Tenacity.  I worked to support myself and pay my way through college and graduate school.  I apply my passion to a problem and see it through to completion.  Tenacity helps me seek out potential curative therapies, support my patients during each difficult step of their journey, and be present to celebrate their successes.”

The personality trait that got you into trouble:Tenacity.  As I grow in my leadership roles, I have had to learn to temper my intensity and see the areas where compromise is helpful.”

Best childhood memory:Spending time with my grandfather in his basement building puzzles, woodworking and conducting experiments (he was a high school physics teacher in Chicago for 40 years).”