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IASLC Honors Pan-Chyr Yang, MD, PhD, for Contributions to Lung Cancer Prevention

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 25, 2021

Pan-Chyr Yang, MD, PhD, Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University Hospital and Academician of Academia Sinica, Taiwan, received the Joseph W. Cullen Prevention/Early Detection Award from the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) at the virtual IASLC 2020 World Confe...

Crystal Denlinger, MD, FACP, Named Chief Scientific Officer for NCCN

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 25, 2021

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network© (NCCN) recently announced the appointment of Crystal S. Denlinger, MD, FACP, to the newly created role of Senior Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer. In this position, Dr. Denlinger will help to steer strategic direction for the nonprofit as well as ov...

Paul A. Bunn, Jr, Scientific Award Presented to Joan H. Schiller, MD, FASCO

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 25, 2021

Joan H. Schiller, MD, FASCO, was recently honored by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) with the Paul A. Bunn, Jr, Scientific Award. Dr. Schiller’s many accomplishments include helping to break the taboo of talking about lung cancer and expanding public understanding...

Janet Woodcock, MD, Named Acting FDA Commissioner

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

Janet Woodcock, MD, current Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been named acting FDA Commissioner, according to a report published in The New York Times.1Stephen M. Hahn, MD, who had been FDA Commissioner since December 17,...

NCCN Shares New Recommendations for Vaccinating Patients With Cancer Against COVID-19

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

The National ComprehensiveCancer Network® (NCCN) has released new guidance1 on vaccinating people with cancer against COVID-19. The nonprofit alliance of leading cancer centers created an NCCN COVID-19 Vaccine Committee, which includes hematology and oncology experts with particular expertise in inf...

The Lustgarten Foundation and AACR Honor Two American Icons by Establishing New Career Development Awards

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

The Lustgarten Foundation and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) have announced two new career development awards for early-career female and underrepresented pancreatic cancer researchers, representing a commitment of the Lustgarten Foundation of up to $1.8 million. The awards will...

Miami Cancer Institute Appoints New Deputy Director, Chief Scientific Officer, and Chief of Solid Tumor Medical Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

Neuro-oncologist and medical oncologist Manmeet Ahluwalia, MD, FACP, MBA, has joined Miami Cancer Institute as Deputy Director, Chief Scientific Officer and Chief of Solid Tumor Medical Oncology. Board-certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, neuro-oncology and hematology, Dr. Ahluwalia i...

Enrollment Up at U.S. Medical Schools

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

The number of first-year students in U.S. medical schools increased by 1.7% in the 2020 academic year, according to data released recently by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Although the increase was modest, the number of students applying to medical school for the upcoming 2021...

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Appoints Interim Director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

Ben Ho Park, MD, PhD, Donna S. Hall Professor of Breast Cancer Research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been named Interim Director of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. Dr. Park is Associate Director for Translational Research, Co-Leader of the Breast Cancer Research Program, a...

Tuya Pal, MD, Named to Cancer Research National Leadership Posts

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

Tuya Pal, MD, Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been named to two cancer research leadership posts. She is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of the National Cancer Institute’s Physician Daily Query (PDQ) Canc...

ASCO Statement on 2021 Annual Meeting

The ASCO Post Staff  /  February 10, 2021

ASCO has announced that the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting will be an online-only experience, taking place from June 4 to 8, 2021. The Society issued the following statement on the Meeting: We had hoped for a return to an in-person meeting, as we all miss the opportunity to see and engage with our collea...

ASCO Statement on ‘Cancer Statistics, 2021’

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

ASCO’s Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FSCT, FASCO, issued the following statement on “Cancer Statistics, 2021,” a report published annually by the American Cancer Society. “Fifty years after President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act to make ...

Community Oncology Alliance Elects New President, Officers, and Board Members

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA), a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated solely to independent oncology practices and the patients they serve, recently announced the election of Kashyap Patel, MD, as President. A longtime COA Board of Directors member and community oncology champion, Dr. Patel is...

GenesisCare Announces New Global Chief Medical Officer and Winship Cancer Institute Names Interim Executive Director

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

GenesisCare has appointed its first Global Chief Medical Officer, Walter J. (Wally) Curran, Jr, MD, FACR, FASCO. This appointment follows the recent acquisition of integrated cancer care provider 21st Century Oncology, increasing access to advanced cancer care for patients in more than 290 locations...

City of Hope Announces Its First Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

City of Hope, an independent cancer and diabetes research and treatment center, has welcomed Angela L. Talton, MBA, to its executive leadership team as Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer. Ms. Talton will provide leadership for City of Hope’s efforts to build a d...

AMA Underscores Need for Coordinated, Comprehensive Pandemic Response

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

In a national address delivered on January 12, 2021, American Medical Association (AMA) President Susan R. Bailey, MD, outlined immediate action necessary for a coordinated, comprehensive federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The address, titled “COVID-19: The Long Road to Recovery,” focused on...

AMA Statement on the Nominations of Xavier Becerra, JD, as HHS Secretary and Vivek Murthy, MD, as U.S. Surgeon General

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Russ Kridel, MD, Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees, recently released the following statement on December 17, 2020: The American Medical Association strongly supports the nominations of Xavier Becerra, JD, to be the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) a...

Innovation Discovery Grants Awarded to Mass General Brigham for Scientific Advancements in 2020

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Five Innovation Discovery Grants (IDG) have been awarded to faculty from Mass General Brigham for scientific advancements, as the highly competitive IDG program exceeds $3.5 million in grants since inception. Each of the five potential patient health and health-care delivery breakthroughs for 2020 w...

Researchers Use Artificial Intelligence in Oral Cancers With $3.3 Million NIH Grant

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and partners in the United States and India are applying the investigative and predictive capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) to help physicians customize treatments for patients with oral squamous cell carcinomas. Research shows that oral squa...

Association of Community Cancer Centers Announces New Senior Director

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) recently appointed Kristin Ferguson, DNP, RN, OCN, as Senior Director, Cancer Care Delivery and Health Policy. Dr. Ferguson will lead the organization’s initiatives to improve cancer care delivery across rural, urban, and underresourced settings, an...

Research Leader Named to Rutgers Cancer Institute to Build ‘World-Class’ Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey has named Christian Hinrichs, MD, as Chief of the Section of Cancer Immunotherapy and Co-Director of the Cancer Immunology and Metabolism Center of Excellence, along with Eileen White, PhD, Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer at Rutgers Cancer Instit...

Winners of 40 Under 40 in Cancer Awards Announced

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

40 Under 40 in cancer is an awards initiative to identify and recognize contributions from across the field of oncology by approximately rising stars and emerging leaders younger than 40. Awardees were nominated by colleagues and selected by a panel of reviewers from a range of areas in oncology. Th...

AAAS Announces Leading Scientists Elected as 2020 Fellows

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Nearly 500 members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) have earned the lifetime distinction of AAAS Fellow. The Fellows are elected each year by their peers serving on the Council of AAAS, the organization’s member-run governing body. The title recognizes important cont...

Huntsman Cancer Institute Appoints Cancer Center Research Program Leaders

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah recently announced that Jay Gertz, PhD, and Trudy G. Oliver, PhD, have accepted invitations to serve as co-leaders of HCI Comprehensive Cancer Center research programs. Dr. Gertz will serve alongside Jared Rutter, PhD, as co-leader of the N...

CDC Awards Huntsman Cancer Institute $3 Million to Improve Colorectal Cancer Screening

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah has been awarded a 5-year, $3 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve Utah’s colorectal cancer screening rates. The program will build on an ongoing partnership between HCI’s Center for Health Outcom...

Kenneth H. Kim, MD, to Lead Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center has announced that Kenneth H. Kim, MD, will direct its Division of Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Kim also serves as Chair of the institution’s Committee for Oversight of Training and Education. The appointment reflects Dr. Kim’s breadth of experience, which involves novel trea...

Mayo Clinic Care Network Expands to Include Minnesota Oncology

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

The first independent, community oncology practice recently joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Minnesota Oncology comprises a group of carefully vetted, independent health-care providers with special access to the Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise, including its research, diagnostic, and treat...

Sarah Cannon Names Melissa Johnson, MD, Program Director of Lung Cancer Research

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

Sarah Cannon recently announced that Melissa ­Johnson, MD, has been named Program Director of Lung Cancer Research. In her new role, Dr. Johnson will lead the lung cancer clinical trial portfolio across the Sarah Cannon network. Dr. Johnson has served as Associate Director of Lung Cancer Research a...

Survivorship

New NCCN Resource Offers Practical Suggestions for Cancer Survivors

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has announced the publication of new, free informational resources on health and wellness for cancer survivors. These two new NCCN Guidelines for Patients® are focused on healthy living and managing late and long-term side effects, and they include ap...

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Named ACCC 2020 Clinical Research Award Winner

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has announced the recipient of the ACCC 2020 Clinical Research Award: Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Ensign Professor of Medicine, Professor of Pharmacology, Chief of Medical Oncology, and Associate Director for Translational Research at the Yale Cancer Ce...

Stephanie Halene, MD, PhD, Appointed Chief of Hematology at Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Following an extensive national search, Stephanie Halene, MD, PhD, has been appointed Chief of Hematology at Yale Cancer Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital, and the Yale School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine. “Dr. Halene has served with distinction as Interim Chief, leading the section...

ASH Announces Donation of Next-Generation Sequencing Equipment to Countries in the International Consortium

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recently announced the donation of next-generation sequencing equipment to six reference laboratories in five countries in Latin America. These countries constitute the International Consortium on Acute Leukemia (ICAL), a clinical network supported by the Soc...

Welela Tereffe, MD, MPH, Named Chief Medical Executive at MD Anderson

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center has named Welela Tereffe, MD, MPH, as Chief Medical Executive. Recognized as a patient-centered and institutionally minded leader, Dr. Tereffe will assume this new position and join the institution’s executive leadership team on January 1, 2021. D...

Edith Mitchell, MD, Elected to Fellowship in the Royal College of Physicians of London

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, FACP, FCPP, FRCP, Associate Director for Diversity Affairs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center–Jefferson Health, has been recognized as a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP). The RCP was founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII. RCP fello...

IU Simon Researcher Receives $1.3 Million Grant to Improve Breast Cancer Treatment for Black Women

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Harikrishna Nakshatri, PhD, who is identifying the unique biology that may make Black women more susceptible to aggressive breast cancer, received a $1.3 million grant from the Department of Defense–Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s breast cancer research program. Dr. -Nakshatri ...

ASH Recognizes Choosing Wisely Champions at Annual Meeting & Exposition

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) recognized three Choosing Wisely Champions, practitioners working to tackle overuse of hematology tests and treatments, at the all-virtual 2020 ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition. Choosing Wisely, a program of the ABIM Foundation and Consumer Reports, aims ...

Rutgers Researcher Receives $400K Grant to Examine Racial Health Disparities in Cancer Care

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Anita Kinney, PhD, MSN, Professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and Associate Director for Population Science and Community Outreach at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is among 10 recipients across the nation of an American Cancer Society and Pfizer community grant of $399,892 to su...

2020 Basser Global Prize Awarded to Bella Kaufman, MD, of Israel’s Sheba Medical Center

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The Basser Center for BRCA at the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania recently announced Bella Kaufman, MD, of the Sheba Medical Center in Tel-Hashomer, Israel, as the recipient of the eighth annual Basser Global Prize. Dr. Kaufman is Director of the Breast Oncology Institute, a...

City of Hope Physician Joins Carol Emmott Fellowship

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Lorna Rodriguez-Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Vice Chair of Faculty Development at City of Hope, is among 21 women leaders in the nation who were invited to join the Carol Emmott Fellowship Class of 2021, a 14-month program for “exceptional, innovative women leaders who are making lasting change in their co...

Sue S. Yom, MD, PhD, FASTRO, Named Editor-in-Chief of ASTRO’s Red Journal

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) announced the appointment of Sue S. Yom, MD, PhD, FASTRO, as Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), ASTRO’s flagship scientific journal. Dr. Yom, who is Vice Chair and Distinguished Pro...

Two Leading Institutions Collaborate to Advance Treatment of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have jointly announced a pioneering research collaboration in smoldering myeloma, a precursor disease to multiple myeloma. Combining the strengths of the MMRF, a leader in multiple myeloma data generation, and Dana-Farb...

John Ryan, JD, Named Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has appointed John Ryan, JD, as its Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Governance Officer. Mr. Ryan has extensive expertise representing health-care and life sciences organizations in public company and nonprofit settings. He has managed a wide range of le...

Northwell Invests $6M in Comprehensive Cancer Center in Riverhead, New York

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Northwell Health recently announced that it will open a $6.2 million, 11,300-square-foot comprehensive cancer center in Riverhead, New York, by the end of this year. The new facility will provide residents of the East End of Long Island access to integrated cancer services in a conveniently located ...

Susan E. Hankinson, ScD, MPH, Receives AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored Susan E. Hankinson, ScD, MPH, for her significant contributions to breast cancer research. Dr. Hankinson received the 2020 AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research award at...

Roswell Park Experts Named to Highly Cited Researchers List

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 25, 2020

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Igor Puzanov, MD, MSCI, FACP, Andrew Hyland, PhD, and Maciej Goniewicz, PhD, PharmD, have all recently been recognized as global scientific pioneers on Clarivate Plc’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2020. The list recognizes researchers who have demonstr...

CU Cancer Center Leukemia Researcher Receives NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 10, 2020

Craig Jordan, PhD, University of Colorado (CU) Cancer Center member and Chief of the Hematology Division in the CU School of Medicine, was awarded a 2020 National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award. This 7-year grant supports investigators with outstanding records of productivit...

FDA and AACR Launch Project Livin’ Label

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 10, 2020

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will collaborate on Project Livin’ Label, a new educational initiative that aims to foster broad understanding of specific oncology product labels and increase awareness of recent oncology drug FDA ap...

Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAACR, Receives Inaugural AACR Scientific Achievement Award Established in His Honor

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 10, 2020

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently announced that Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, FACP, FASCO, FAACR, will receive the inaugural AACR Daniel D. Von Hoff Award for Outstanding Contributions to Education and Training in Cancer Research. Dr. Von Hoff is being recognized for his ground...

2020 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize Presented to Ari Melnick, MD, and Courtney DiNardo, MD

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 10, 2020

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) will honor Ari Melnick, MD, of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, and ­Courtney DiNardo, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, with the 2020 Ernest Beutler Lecture and Prize for their significant research contributions to the treatment of...

Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD, Named Permanent Director of the WVU Cancer Institute

The ASCO Post Staff  /  December 10, 2020

Hannah Hazard-Jenkins, MD, Associate Chair of Surgery for Cancer Services, has been named permanent Director of the West Virginia University (WVU) Cancer Institute after having served in the position on an interim basis since January. “As a native West Virginian, it is my honor to serve in this r...

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