<P>Spring 2014 | UCSF MAGAZINE41 Decorated World War II veteran John Kerner says his life can be divided into three stages: as a wartime medic, as a doctor, and as a writer. Kerner landed on Omaha Beach in 1944, shortly after D-Day. For 264 days, the young army medic treated and transported injured soldiers during brutal fighting across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany. General Patton thought we had a wonderful division, Kerner recalls. We were always in front and had a lot of casualties. For his bravery in the fight to liberate France from the Nazis, Kerner was one of seven US veterans awarded the French Legion of Honor medal in 2007 by President Nicolas Sarkozy of France. He was also inducted into the 35th Division Hall of Fame in 2012. Kerner, now 95, devoted his 40-year career to advancing and humanizing womens health care. That interest began when UCSF Professor Herbert Traut, MD, sent his young intern to Harvard to observe how doctors there handled childbirth. The Harvard physicians were giving women a combination of morphine and another drug, scopolomine, to cope with labor, Kerner recalls. We rebelled against that, he says. We used less pain medicine. We gave nitrous oxide to inhale in the later stages of labor. He went on to explore natural childbirth options, hiring mid- wives and inviting husbands into the delivery room. He also created a homier hospital environment, with comfortable beds and home- like furniture. Kerner and Traut also urged pathologists to use Pap smears instead of biopsies to detect estab- lished, early, and pre-cancer. It was hard to convince people that it would work, he says. It saved thousands of lives. After Kerner retired, 15 years ago, he was cleaning out his office and found boxes of letters hed written to his mother and sister during the war. One day a patient who was an author said, ‘John you should do something with those letters, he says. With the help of a writing class and a few men- tors, he went on to complete two memoirs, A Combat Medic and A Combat Medic Comes Home. SEEKING A CURE: A longtime UCSF donor, Kerner established the Kerner Cancer Research and Education Fund to support gynecologic cancer research and care. In addition, working with UCSFs cancer center, he raised money to finance phase 1 and phase 2 trials of a drug called TT-100, which has shown prom- ise against non-small cell lung cancer. After finishing the phase 2 trial with good results, Kerner started a company called TriAct Therapeutics, which is developing TT-100 and two other drugs. The people at the university said, ‘John, you cant raise the kind of money you need from your friends, he says. ‘You have to form a company. I said, ‘You expect me to form a company at 90? But thats exactly what he did. The company is now working toward raising the $35 million required to further test the drug. LIFE WITH GWENDOLYN: After Kerner returned home from the war, he met the woman who is now his wife, Gwendolyn – a Phi Beta Kappa Stanford grad who danced like a dream. They mar- ried and settled in San Francisco, where they raised three children. Gwendolyn still works as a recep- tionist at the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. They celebrated their 67th anniversary last year. PHOTOS THIS SPREAD: DONALD CHAN; ELISABETH FALL; UCSF ARCHIVES & SPECIAL COLLECTIONS JOHN KERNER, MD 43, RESIDENT ALUMNUS Hometowns: Boston and San Francisco Now: San Francisco Position: Retired chief of staff and director of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion, and retired clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF Hobbies: Writing, golf, entrepreneurship 5 NOBEL LAUREATES THE ONLY MEDICAL SCHOOL RANKED IN TOP 5 IN BOTH RESEARCH AND PRIMARY CARE BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT #1 IN NIH FUNDING AMONG MEDICAL SCHOOLS</p> <UL><LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/1/1/">Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/2/2/">Inside-Front-Cover</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/3/3/">Page-1</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/4/4/">Page-2</a></LI> <LI><a href="http://www.mzines.net/publication/618/aelvmorax/5/5/">Page-3</a></LI> 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