Several researchers and world leaders in oncology have received special awards from ASCO, the highest honors of society.
“This year’s special award recipients have made outstanding contributions to the oncology community,” Monica Bertagnolli, MD, FACS, FASCO, former president of ASCO and chairman of the joint special awards selection committee, said in a press release issued by the company. âIt is an honor for us to recognize their commitment to transform cancer care and improve the quality of life for people living with cancer.
The following winners will be recognized at this year’s ASCO Virtual Annual Meeting:
Maura L. Gilison
â¢ Maura L. Gillison, MD, PhD, received the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Conference, which recognizes an oncologist who has made outstanding contributions to cancer research, diagnosis or treatment. Gillison is a distinguished professor of medicine and a research fellow at the Texas Cancer Research and Prevention Institute at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
â¢ Arul M. Chinnaiyan MD, PhD, received the Oncology Science Award and Conference, which recognizes outstanding contributions to basic or translational cancer research. Chinnaiyan is Professor of Pathology with SP Hicks and Professor of Urology at the University of Michigan School of Medicine.
Joseph A. Sparano
â¢ Joseph A. Sparano, MD, FACP, received the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award and Lecture, which recognizes an active clinical or translational researcher with a remarkable track record of achievement in advancing the field of breast cancer and with exceptional mentoring abilities. Sparano is Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, Associate Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine and Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
â¢ Banu Arun, MD, FASCO, received the ASCO-American Cancer Society Award and Conference, which recognizes significant contributions to research or practice in cancer prevention and control. Arun is Professor in the Department of Medical Breast Oncology, Medical Co-Director of the Clinical Cancer Genetics Program, and Section Head of Breast Genetics, Prevention and Screening at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Daniel F. Hayes
â¢ Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, FACP, received the Allen S. Lichter Visionary Leader Award and Lecture, which recognizes members who have transformed the field of oncology or significantly advanced the mission of ASCO, the Conquer Cancer Foundation or CancerLinQ through their leadership, their vision and their ability to inspire. Hayes is Stuart B. Padnos Professor of Breast Cancer Research at the Rogel Cancer Center at the University of Michigan.
â¢ Emil J. Freireich, MD, received the Distinguished Achievement Award, which recognizes leadership or mentorship in any oncology subspecialty that has benefited members or their patients. Freireich, who died in February, developed revolutionary therapies for childhood leukemia. He was a faculty member at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas for 50 years.
Cristal L. Mackall
â¢ Crystal L. Mackall, MD, received the Pediatric Oncology Award and Conference, which recognizes a pediatric oncologist who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or achievement in the field. Mackall is the Ernest and Amelia Gallo Family Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Stanford University.
â¢ Cesare Gridelli, MD, received the BJ Kennedy Award and the Conference for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology, which recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the research, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in the elderly, and who have made understanding geriatric oncology for scholarship holders and young professors. Gridelli is Division Head of Medical Oncology at SG Moscati Hospital in Avellino, Italy.
Sonali M. Smith
â¢ Sonali M. Smith, MD, FASCO, received the Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognizes, encourages and rewards individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on their trainees and who have inspired or shaped the practice of cancer medicine by trainees. Smith is Elwood V. Jensen Professor of Medicine, Section Head of Hematology / Oncology, Co-Head of the Cancer Service Line, and Director of the Lymphoma Program in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago.
â¢ Benjamin W. Corn, MD, FASTRO, received the Humanitarian Award, which recognizes an oncologist who personifies ASCO’s mission and values ââby going above and beyond to provide exceptional patient care through innovative means or exceptional service or leadership. Corn is professor of oncology at the Hebrew University School of Medicine and deputy director of the Shaare Zedek Cancer Center in Israel.
â¢ Tracy A. Balboni, MD, MPH, FAAHPM, received the Walther Cancer Foundation Palliative and Supportive Care and Oncology Award and Conference, which recognizes an individual with multiple significant and lasting contributions to palliative and supportive oncology care. Balboni is Professor of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, Program Director of the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program, and Clinical Director of the Dana-Farber / Brigham and Women Supportive Radiation Oncology and Palliative Care Department.
â¢ Danielle Hicks, Head of Patients at the GO2 Lung Cancer Foundation, received the Partners in Progress award. The award recognizes a person involved in patient advocacy activities that have an impact on public cancer awareness, or activities that result in additional support, legislative or fiscal, for research, treatment or cancer prevention.