Committee Connection
  • September 2014 Member News and Networking

    27 Aug 2014 02:34 PM

    James Patrick Allison, PhD, Chair and Professor of Immunology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, received a 2014 Canada Gairdner International Award from the Gairdner Foundation of Canada. James O. Armitage, MD, FASCO, the Joe Shapiro Professor of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, joined Oncology Analytics’ Academic Advisory Board. Dr. Armitage is a Past President of ASCO and current... Read more

  • Meet Stephen S. Grubbs, MD

    26 Aug 2014 02:31 PM

       Dr. Grubbs and a 90-pound sailfish caught off the coast of Costa Rica.  Managing Partner at Medical Oncology Hematology Consultants, PA; ASCO Board of Directors Member; Ethics Committee Board Liaison; Finance Committee Member. AC: What led you to oncology? Dr. Grubbs: As I went through my medical training, it became clear I was best suited to be an internist. I saw a weakness in the field of hematology so I... Read more

  • James P. Allison, PhD: Finding the Key to Unlocking the Cancer-Fighting Potential of the Immune System

    26 Aug 2014 02:24 PM

    By Shira Klapper, Senior Writer/Editor    James P. Allison, PhD Institution: Chair of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Immunology Department and Executive Director of the Immunotherapy Platform Specialty: Immunology Member since: 2009Photograph by Craig H. Hartley/   Years before making the groundbreaking discoveries that paved the way for powerful new cancer immunotherapy treatments,... Read more

  • July 2014 Member News and Networking

    24 Jun 2014 11:21 AM

     In March 2014, the Cancer & the Kidney International Network ( officially launched as an organization with several ASCO members actively involved as part of the Board of Founding Members, including Matti S. Aapro, MD, of the Multidisciplinary Oncology Institute in Genolier, Switzerland; Vincent Launay-Vacher, PharmD, of Pitié- Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris; Stuart M. Lichtman, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer... Read more

  • Dr. Nagi El Saghir Awarded Lebanon’s Top Honor

    23 Jun 2014 04:39 PM

     In June, Nagi El Saghir, MD, FACP, received one of Lebanon’s most highly regarded honors, the National Cedar Medal, rank of Officer. The award recognized Dr. El Saghir’s work in breast cancer research and community health awareness and outreach. The honor, presented to Dr. El Saghir on behalf of President Michel Sleiman, is the second highest recognition he’s received, after the National Achievement Award of Lebanon bestowed upon him in 2002.... Read more

  • Virtual Community, Real Support for Breast Cancer

    19 Jun 2014 10:50 AM

    Deanna J. Attai, MD, on the rewards of co-moderating a popular chat group on Twitter   Deanna J. Attai, MDInstitution: Center for Breast Cancer, Inc.Specialty: Breast Cancer Member since: 2013ASCO Activities: Breast Cancer Symposium News Planning Team   #bcsm... Read more

  • Dr. Barbara L. McAneny to Serve as Chair of AMA Board of Trustees

    11 Jun 2014 09:59 AM

      ASCO congratulates member and volunteer Barbara L. McAneny, MD, FASCO, on her election as Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. She has served on the Board of Trustees as a member since 2010; she was nominated by ASCO and the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS). She will help develop the AMA’s three areas of focus during her term as Chair of the Board of Trustees: improving health outcomes, accelerating change... Read more

  • Cancer Community Mourns Loss of Patient-Advocate Pioneer Selma R. Schimmel

    27 May 2014 06:58 PM

    In May, the cancer community lost one of its greatest patient advocate pioneers, Selma R. Schimmel, founder of Vital Options International, a not-for-profit cancer communications organization with the mission to facilitate a global cancer dialogue. Ms. Schimmel died on May 21 of malignant psoas syndrome, a complication of the recurrent ovarian cancer diagnosis for which she was being treated. She was 59. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Selma... Read more

  • May 2014 Member News & Networking

    24 Apr 2014 07:48 PM

    The LUNGevity Foundation announced that Julie Brahmer, MD, Associate Professor of Oncology at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, joined their Scientific Advisory Board. Kinex Pharmaceuticals has named Wing-Kai Chan, MD, as Head of Clinical Operations-Asia/Pacific. David Coffey, MD, of the University of Washington Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, is the winner of the 2013 ASCO App Idea... Read more

  • Oncology’s Poet Laureate: An Interview with Dr. Frank Meyskens

    22 Apr 2014 05:04 PM

       Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, reflects on medicine, family, and life in his new poetry collection.    Writing a poem: Seamus Heaney compared it to digging, Emily Dickinson to telling a slanted truth. For Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., MD, writing a poem “is like breathing”—not in ease, but in fundamental necessity. In spare, concise, deeply emotional verse, Dr. Meyskens, founding Director (Emeritus) of... Read more