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Aug 09, 2018
"You're an oncologist? How can you do it?" Radiation oncologists chimed in on Twitter about the rewards of the job.
Aug 08, 2018
Dr. Raj Mohan looks at surgical oncology through the lens of the saying that "the proof of the pudding is in the eating": ultimately, the outcome matters more than the process.
Aug 07, 2018
I spoke with our current ASCO president about her theme for the year, her work with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, and her frontier spirit.
Aug 06, 2018
A patient who refused chemotherapy offered Dr. Erika Hamilton a lesson in compromise. 
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George W. Sledge, MD, FASCO

George W. Sledge, Jr., MD, FASCO, is Chief of the Division of Oncology and Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. Prior to joining Stanford, he was Co-Director of the Breast Cancer Program as well as the Ballve-Lantero Professor of Oncology and Professor of Medicine and Pathology at the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center. He was the 2010-2011 President of ASCO, and he has served on numerous ASCO committees. He has also served as Chair of the Breast Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group from 2002-2009. Dr. Sledge is currently a member of the Measures Task Force, as well as the Quality of Care and CancerLinQ Patient Reported Outcomes Committees. He received the 2006 Komen Foundation Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in 2006, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation Jill Rose Award, and the William L. McGuire Award from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in 2010.

Sep 27, 2011
During the past year, I became an avid reader of the Journal of Oncology Practice. This was not to the detriment of either the JCO or any of the other scientific browsing I perform. It was, instead, recognition that being a good clinician now...
Sep 21, 2011
I was taking off from the airport in Indianapolis the other day, headed for Cleveland, and on the way I passed over the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home of the Indianapolis 500 race. It has a characteristic look from the air, familiar to all who fly in and out of the city regularly, with...
Sep 12, 2011
A while back I wrote about Watson, IBM’s computer that trounced the competition on the Jeopardy! game show. I mentioned then that IBM was thinking of applying the technology to medical purposes,...
Sep 12, 2011
ASCO got into the disease-oriented meeting business a few years ago as a means of creating communities of interested investigators and practitioners. The Annual Meeting, the crown jewel in our educational system, was just too much for many of our members: too large, too many people, too much noise...
Aug 22, 2011
This last weekend I went to a retirement party. Bill Wood, the longtime chair of surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, is leaving the university. Emory, quite appropriately, put...
Aug 08, 2011
My friend and predecessor Rich Schilsky once described my current position as Immediate Past President as “the best job in ASCO.” Mostly, I suspect, this reflects the slower pace. But partly, I believe, because you get to chair the...