Surgeon completes Boston Marathon for the sixth time

April 25, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,

One ear, nose and throat surgeon took the stamina he relies on in the operating room all the way to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, for a sixth time.

Scott McLean, M.D., Ph.D., finished in the top 5,000 runners, out of more than 27,000, at last week’s 120th Boston Marathon. He ran in honor of former patient Bridget Anne Moloney-Pelto, who fought bravely against melanoma.

“Bridget had an unstoppable spirit,” McLean says. “Even with a terrible diagnosis, she had a great attitude and never stopped fighting.”

Bridget even made the trip to Boston three years ago, cheering for her doctor as McLean reached the top of Heartbreak Hill.

After she passed, McLean worked with Bridget’s family to set up the Victors for Melanoma research fund. In just two years, they’ve raised $63,000 for McLean’s melanoma research, investigating the role that circulating tumor cells have in the metastasis of melanoma.

“It was a way to combine what I see in clinic, the research I’m pursuing and my passion for running into something productive,” says McLean, who also ran cross country and track at U-M.

In addition to six Boston Marathons, the U-M head and neck cancer surgeon has also completed marathons in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Chicago, Charlevoix, Cincinnati and more.

“I try to run one per year,” he says. McLean makes an hour every day to run, and finds it a great outlet to wind down from the stress of the day – even though sometimes he has to take along a pager and a cell phone, just in case.

If you’d like to support McLean’s melanoma research efforts in honor of Bridget, you can still do so here: