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Former Medical Director at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre to Lead New Commission on Global Cancer Care

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

Mary Gospodarowicz, MD, FRCPC, former Medical Director of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, will co-chair a new The Lancet Commission on cancer and health systems as it examines global cancer care and health systems. The Commission will work over the next 2.5 years, drafting a final report with r...

Launch of MSKCC India Expands Access to Oncologists, Cancer Care, Research, and Education

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has launched MSKCC India to provide access for patients with cancer in India to the institution’s world-renowned oncologists, research, clinical trials, and education. The effort stems from the institution’s core mission of advancing transformative canc...

2021 Basser Global Prize Presented to André Nussenzweig, PhD

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

The Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania—the world’s first comprehensive center aimed at advancing research, treatment, and prevention of BRCA-related cancers—has announced André Nussenzweig, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), as the recipi...

ACCC Releases Annual Report on Current State of Immuno-Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has released its annual report on the assessment of the current state of the growing use of immunotherapies to treat cancer in the United States. Entitled “Immuno-Oncology in 2021: Committed to the Cutting Edge of Care,” the report reveals that desp...

Cellular Therapy Pioneer Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD, Joins Roswell Park as Deputy Director and Chair of Medicine

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

A leader in the field of cancer immunotherapy has returned to his Western New York roots to take on leadership roles in both research and clinical care at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD, has joined Roswell Park as Deputy Director, The Katherine Anne Gioia Endowed...

FIFTY for FIFTY Campaign to Commemorate the National Cancer Act’s 50th Anniversary

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Foundation has announced its FIFTY for FIFTY fundraising and awareness campaign in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act. With this campaign, the AACR Foundation is committing to raise at least $50,000 for the AACR and canc...

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Establishes the David Liposarcoma Research Initiative

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute announced that The Rossy Foundation has committed $10 million to establish the David Liposarcoma Research Initiative. The 5-year initiative will conduct groundbreaking research into liposarcoma at Dana-Farber and external collaborating partner institutions, with the aim ...

Judy E. Garber, MD, PhD, FAACR, to Receive AACI Distinguished Scientist Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

Judy E. Garber, MD, PhD, FAACR, Chief of the Division of Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will receive the Association of American Cancer Institute’s (AACI) Distinguished Scientist Award on October 20, during the 2021 AACI/Cancer Center Administrators Forum (CCAF)...

Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, MD, Joins Yale School of Medicine in Department of Pediatrics

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

Lakshmanan Krishnamurti, MD, has been named Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology for Yale’s Department of Pediatrics and Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, effective October 1, 2021. Dr. Krishnamurti is a pediatric hematologist oncologist and an international leader in bone marrow transplant...

Yale Cancer Center Names Barbara Burtness, MD, Interim Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The ASCO Post Staff  /  September 10, 2021

Barbara Burtness, MD, Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology), has been appointed Interim Associate Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Yale Cancer Center. “Dr. Burtness’ leadership and innovative ideas will ensure that we emphasize an inclusive culture, with increased diversity in o...

Marcus Bosenberg, MD, PhD, Named Inaugural Director of Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

The Yale Center for Immuno-Oncology has announced the appointment of Marcus Bosenberg, MD, PhD, as its inaugural Director. Dr. Bosenberg is Professor of Dermatology, Pathology, and Immunobiology; Co-Leader of the Genomics, Genetics, and Epigenetics Program in Yale Cancer Center; contact principal in...

Beth Karlan, MD, Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Gynecologic Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

The International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS) has honored Beth Karlan, MD, with its lifetime achievement award. The annual award is presented to individuals who have performed outstanding service and accomplishments that span their career in gynecologic oncology and who have contributed signif...

Heather Wakelee, MD, FASCO, Honored With the 2021 Bonnie J. Addario Lectureship Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer (GO2 Foundation) presented Heather Wakelee, MD, FASCO, with the 2021 Bonnie J. Addario Lectureship Award at the Physicians’ Education Resource 22nd Annual International Lung Cancer Congress on July 30 in Huntington Beach, California. Dr. Wakelee is Professor of Medicin...

Vanderbilt University Appoints Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, was recently promoted to Professor of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC). “Grateful to those who paved the way,” said Dr. Winkfield on Twitter, noting ...

Northwell Health, New York, Appoints Regional Director of Urology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

Jay T. Bishoff, MD, has been named Director of Urology for Northwell Health’s Central New York Region, with oversight of urology sites in Nassau County and parts of eastern Queens. He also is Professor of Urology at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Based at N...

Winette van der Graaf, MD, PhD, Named EORTC President-Elect 2021–2024

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2021

The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) has announced that Winette van der Graaf, MD, PhD, will be EORTC President-Elect 2021–2024. Bertrand Tombal, MD, PhD, will remain EORTC President until March 11, 2022, when the EORTC celebrates its 60th anniversary. Dr. van ...

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FAACR, to Receive SABCS 2021 William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

Olufunmilayo Olopade, MD, FAACR, will receive the William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award at the 2021 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), to be held December 7–10. The McGuire Award was established in 1992 to commemorate the significant contributions to breast oncology by Dr. McGuire who,...

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s, and UW Medicine Lay Groundwork for Cancer Partnership

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch), University of Washington (UW) Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA), and Seattle Children’s have announced plans to explore restructuring their longtime relationship to accelerate a shared mission of advancing diagnosis, treatment, and pio...

NCCN Foundation Announces Awards for Rising Cancer Research Leaders

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) and the NCCN Foundation® have announced six new recipients for the 2021 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards Program. The honorees will receive up to $150,000 in funding in the course of 2 years to advance research on important issues in oncolo...

Radiation Oncologists Urge Congress to Create More Equity in Access to Care

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

A record number of radiation oncologists met with Congressional leaders and staff in July as part of the largest American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Advocacy Day in the Society’s history, according to a news release from ASTRO. The physicians urged Congressional leaders to intervene in ...

AMA, Satcher Health Leadership Institute Announce Inaugural Recipients of Health Equity Advocacy Fellowship

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine recently announced the selection of 12 physicians as the inaugural group of fellows for the Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship. This new collaborative initiative is intended to ...

AACI Members Choose Robert Winn, MD, as Vice President/President-Elect, and Other New Leaders

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

Robert Winn, MD, Director of Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Massey Cancer Center, has been elected by the members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI) to serve as Vice President/President-Elect of AACI’s Board of Directors. Dr. Winn’s new position is effective immediately...

Nationally Recognized Biostatistician Joins Rutgers to Focus on Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

The Rutgers School of Public Health and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have welcomed nationally recognized biostatistician Hao Liu, PhD. Dr. Liu will serve as Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at Rutgers School of Public Health, Director of the Biostatistics Share...

Mount Sinai Welcomes Robotic Prostate Surgery Pioneer Mani Menon, MD

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

Robotic prostate surgery pioneer Mani Menon, MD, is joining Mount Sinai and will serve as Chief of Strategy and Innovation in the Department of Urology for the Mount Sinai Health System. He will also serve as Professor of Urology, Director of Education, and Director of the Precision Prostatectomy ...

Roswell Park Approved to Provide Care for World Trade Center 9/11 First Responders

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 10, 2021

Nearly 20 years ago, first responders from across New York State answered the call for help when thousands of people were injured or killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. A new program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center will ensure that these police officers, firefighters, ...

Erica Sirrine, PhD, Named Director of Social Work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Clinical social worker, grief expert, and university dean Erica Sirrine, PhD, has been named Director of Social Work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. For the past 14 years, Dr. Sirrine has worked in higher education, most recently serving as Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sc...

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Recognizes Shilpa Gupta, MD, and Nima Sharifi, MD

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Shilpa Gupta, MD, has been appointed Director of Genitourinary Medical Oncology at Taussig Cancer Institute and Co-Leader of the Genitourinary Oncology Program at Cleveland Clinic. Her research interests include novel drug development and understanding biomarkers in bladder cancer treatment. Ni...

Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Peter Abdelmessieh, DO, MSc

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Fox Chase Cancer Center recently announced that Peter Abdelmessieh, DO, MSc, will be joining the staff of the Department of Bone Marrow Transplant and Cellular Therapies. Prior to joining Fox Chase, Dr. Abdelmessieh was at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, where he performed a majority of...

Sarah Tasian, MD, Appointed Chief of the Section of Hematologic Malignancies, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

The Division of Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has appointed Sarah Tasian, MD, as Chief of the Section of Hematologic Malignancies. Dr. Tasian succeeds Richard Aplenc, MD, PhD, MSCE, who served in this role for 13 years. Dr. Tasian will oversee a group of faculty, instruc...

Public Comment on National Coverage Analysis of Screening for Lung Cancer With Low-Dose Computed Tomography

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

The following letter is adapted from comments made to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) by the American College of Radiology, the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons. “The American College of Radiology, the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer, and the ...

Memorial Sloan Kettering Announces New Initiative to Focus on Lung Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) recently announced a $20 million gift from the Ge Li & Ning Zhao Family Foundation to support lung cancer research and the development of new therapies to treat this disease. Lung cancer is responsible for 25% of all cancer deaths and is the leading c...

UCSF Names Ajay Maker, MD, FACS, Chief of Surgical Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Ajay Maker, MD, FACS, has been appointed Chief of the new Division of Surgical Oncology in the Department of Surgery and the Maurice Galante Distinguished Professor in Surgical Oncology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He will lead surgical oncology services—including breast, c...

Sukhmani K. Padda, MD, to Direct Thoracic Medical Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 25, 2021

Thoracic medical oncologist Sukhmani K. Padda, MD, was recently selected to direct Thoracic Medical Oncology at Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center in Los Angeles. Dr. Padda’s appointment, following a national search, reflects her breadth of experience as a clinician and researcher in the field of thoracic o...

Breast Cancer Expert Joseph A. Sparano, MD, FACP, to Join Mount Sinai Health System

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

Mount Sinai Health System has recruited an internationally recognized expert in the management of breast cancer and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated malignancies, Joseph A. Sparano, MD, FACP, as Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology and Deputy Director of The Tisch Cancer Institute (...

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, Named New Executive Director at Winship Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, has been named Executive Director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. An internationally renowned thoracic oncologist and physician-scientist, Dr. Ramalingam has served as Winship’s Deputy Director since 2016. He began his new post on July 1. Dr. Ramalingam ta...

Sarah Cannon Names Navneet Majhail, MD, MS, FASTCT, Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare, announced that Navneet Majhail, MD, MS, FASTCT, has been named Deputy Physician-in-Chief of Blood Cancers for the Sarah Cannon Transplant and Cellular Therapy Network (formerly the Sarah Cannon Blood Cancer Network). In his role, Dr. Majhail will...

New IASLC Leadership to Assume Roles at 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

Heather Wakelee, MD, will assume the role of President of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) at the upcoming IASLC 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer Denver, Worldwide Virtual Event (WCLC 2021) on September 8 to 14, 2021. Dr. Wakelee has been President-Elect of th...

Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD, to Lead New Cancer Dormancy and Tumor Microenvironment Institute at Albert Einstein Cancer Center

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

Albert Einstein Cancer Center (AECC), Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Montefiore Health System have announced that cancer biologist Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD, has been named founding Director of the Cancer Dormancy and Tumor Microenvironment Institute (CDTMI), Director of the Gruss-Lipper Bi...

New Medical Director Named to Lead Clinical Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

The University of California (UC) Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center has named Edward Kim, MD, PhD, as Medical Director for the Office of Clinical Research. Dr. Kim is a UC Davis Health oncologist and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine who specializes in treating gastrointestinal malignancies...

The Wistar Institute Recruits Noam Auslander, PhD, as Assistant Professor

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

The Wistar Institute, an international biomedical research leader in cancer, immunology, and infectious diseases, recently announced the appointment of Noam Auslander, PhD, as Assistant Professor in the Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program of The Wistar Institute Cancer Center. Dr. Auslande...

Caryn Lerman, PhD, Elected President of the AACI

The ASCO Post Staff  /  July 10, 2021

Caryn Lerman, PhD, is the new President of the Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI). Dr. Lerman is Director of the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles and Associate Dean for Cancer Programs and the H. Leslie and Elaine S. Hoffman ...

NIH Names Marie A. Bernard, MD, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, has selected Marie A. Bernard, MD, as NIH’s next Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD). Dr. Bernard will lead NIH’s effort to promote diversity, inclusiveness, and equity throughout the biomedical research e...

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health Names Andrew Aplin, PhD, Deputy Director for Scientific Strategy

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

Andrew E. Aplin, PhD, has been appointed Deputy Director for Scientific Strategy of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC)–Jefferson Health. Dr. Aplin, who is Associate Director for Basic Research at SKCC and the Kalbach-Newton Professor in Cancer Research, assumed the role on June 1, 2021. As De...

Dana-Farber and Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center to Connect Patients to Cancer Services

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center (HSNHC) in Dorchester, Massachusetts, have entered into an agreement to connect patients to cancer prevention, education, diagnosis, and treatment services. This program, based out of Dana-­Farber’s Cancer Care Equity Progra...

Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence to Leverage Research and Clinical Care Innovations for Patients

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

The University of North Carolina (UNC) Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center has established the Pancreatic Cancer Center of Excellence to bring together cancer center faculty with a broad range of expertise—from laboratory, translational, and clinical research to drug development, biostatistics, b...

MD Anderson and Broad Institute Launch New Translational Research Platform Focused on Rare Cancers

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard recently announced the launch of a new translational research platform to study rare cancers and develop a first-of-its-kind resource for the scientific community. The joint initiative will create a catalog ...

John D. Carpten, PhD, FAACR, to Join the AACR Board of Directors

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced that John D. Carpten, PhD, FAACR, has been elected by the association to serve on its Board of Directors. Dr. Carpten has accepted the position previously held by Karen E. Knudsen, MBA, PhD, who is stepping down to fulfill her du...

Inaugural Vice Chair for Diversity & Health Equity Appointed by NYU Langone/NYU Grossman School of Medicine

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

New York University (NYU) Langone/NYU Grossman School of Medicine recently announced that Kathie-Ann Joseph, MD, MPH, has been promoted to the rank of Professor in Surgery. Dr. Joseph has also assumed the rank of Professor in Population Health. In addition, Dr. Joseph has been named the inaugural V...

Young Urologist of the Year Award Winners

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

Established by Michael C. Ost, MD, MBA, the 2012–2013 American Urological Association Young Urologists Committee Chair, the Young Urologist of the Year Award is presented annually to select early-career association members in recognition of their efforts and commitment to advancing the development o...

AACR CEO Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), to Receive Gallery of Success Award From Temple University

The ASCO Post Staff  /  June 25, 2021

Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), has been selected as a Temple University Gallery of Success honoree for 2021. Each year, Temple University showcases exceptional alumni from its 17 schools and colleges in its Gallery o...

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