Andrea McKee, MD, and the late Brady McKee, MD, will be honored with the James L. Mulshine, MD, National Leadership Award on Thursday, November 3, at the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 19th annual Quantitative Imaging Workshop. The annual Mulshine Award is given to an individual or individuals who has had a profound impact on reducing the toll of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cardiovascular disease on the health of Americans and people around the world.
Andrea McKee, MD
Brady McKee, MD
Dr. McKee will accept the award on behalf of herself and her late husband for their contributions to ensuring community hospitals and cancer centers provide equitable access to the highest-quality lung cancer screenings. Their pilot program, established at Lahey Hospital in Burlington, Massachusetts, provided screening free of charge for a number of years until Medicare began reimbursing this service under the Affordable Care Act.
The award recipients were instrumental in developing the LungRADS system, a quality assurance tool to standardize lung cancer screening reporting and management recommendations, reduce confusion in lung cancer screening interpretations, and facilitate outcome monitoring. They also conducted critical studies demonstrating that high-quality screening is possible in a variety of health-care delivery institutions. They rallied a community of professionals to the cause, including Lahey faculty and staff and other collaborators in Boston, across the nation, and around the world.
“Drs. Andrea and Brady McKee have been dedicated to ensuring screening for lung cancer is not only implemented, but implemented at the highest quality available,” said Prevent Cancer Foundation Founder Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé. “Their commitment to saving lives across all populations, especially those in medically underserved communities, deserves to be recognized. We are honored to do so at this year’s workshop.”
The 19th annual Quantitative Imaging Workshop (QIW) will frame early detection of lung cancer as part of the thoracic health imaging process and a cornerstone of effective public health. The Workshop will take place November 3 and 4 as a hybrid event, with the award ceremony happening on November 3. Registration for QIW will close on Wednesday, November 2. A recording of the award ceremony will be available for viewing on the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s website following the event.The content in this post has not been reviewed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) and does not necessarily reflect the ideas and opinions of ASCO®.