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You just received your July issue of JOP. This is the Journal's first thematic issue addressing electronic health records (EHRs). It is long overdue. Three manuscripts in the issue set up the legislative and regulatory underpinning related to the topic....
There seems to be an impending shortage of oncologists. We’ve known this for a while, and while potential solutions to transition patients to primary care providers have been proposed, there seems to be a looming shortage of them as well.
One of my favorite authors, Ross King, published a rather interesting book in 2010 called The Fantasia of Leonardo da Vinci (Levenger Press). This book includes a collection of Leonardo’s riddles, jests, and fables....
I recently returned from the semi-annual meeting of the Gynecologic Oncology Group, where the charge is to develop and test new treatment strategies in gynecologic malignancies. In the time I have been involved with the group, I have witnessed paradigm shifts in...
My son Daniel is a political scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington (am I really old enough to have a son who is an Assistant Professor?) and has been visiting with us this summer. His work focuses on the development of the American public health system, so we are able to converse with...
The international community of oncologists continues to gain importance in ASCO; one might suggest that ASCO’s name—the American Society of Clinical Oncology—does not adequately reflect its membership or its mission. ASCO is increasingly an international society with one-third of its more than 30,...
I just read the Personal History column in the June 13 & 20, 2011, New Yorker—“The Aquarium”— a powerful recounting by Aleksandar...
The July 6th issue of JAMA (306: 36-38, 2011) contains the CDC’s listing of the ten top public health achievements in the United States in the past decade. It makes an interesting read.
For the past several years, the Society’s member magazine, ASCO Connection, has been building its online presence, moving from print only, to print and a website that was updated quarterly, to the dynamic interface we have now with options for immediate feedback from readers. While our July...
The June 30th issue of Nature has a wonderful article from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) group entitled “Integrated Genomic Analyses of Ovarian Carcinoma.” It is a landmark publication, not...
I’ve often pondered the name of this site . . . “connections” seems to be a buzz word in this era of social networking and electronic media. ASCO has “ASCO Connection”, Yale’s Cancer Center has an e-Newsletter called “...
At meetings these days, a growing chorus of investigators sings a particular tune: organ-based therapy is dead; it is all about the pathways. But then I go home to my clinic and treat my patients in a very organ-based fashion. My patient has a screening X-ray read by an organ-specific radiologist,...
One of the responsibilities of the ASCO President and President-Elect at the Annual Meeting is to serve as spokespersons for the Society during interviews with the press about the exciting science presented in the course of the Meeting. This year, I participated in six or seven interview sessions....
In describing the national clinical trials system last year, a term I used a lot was “sweat equity.” Physicians donate a great deal of free time to clinical cancer research. It is difficult to imagine that our federally funded clinical trials system could continue to exist without the un-reimbursed...
It is presumptuous beyond belief to speak of “My Annual Meeting” when the meeting had so may cooks preparing the feast. So in this post I would like to throw out some “thank you’s” to those who made the meeting possible, and to some who made the last year such a pleasurable one for me.
One of the sad aspects of being President of ASCO is that you rarely get to attend sessions that you are not either chairing or speaking in. It is therefore entirely likely that I missed some of the coolest stuff that was presented at this year’s Meeting. I will be busy perusing the...
Well. I have completed my year as ASCO President, as of Monday, and now get to return to obscurity. Or, as one of my colleagues told me, surveying my palatial digs in the Conrad Hilton Suite, "Next year, Motel 6 in Skokie, George." No doubt. But this year I had the opportunity to lead the world's...
The ASCO Board has embraced the concept of the Rapid Learning Health Care System (RLHS), the vision of a national digital health information system that enables sharing of data between individual health care providers and patients as well as populations of healthy individuals who are at...

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