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October Member News and Notes

Sep 22, 2010

The Journal of Thoracic Oncology published “Screening for Lung Cancer with Low- Dose Computed Tomography,” by Shaad E. Abdullah, MD, of Montefiore Medical Center, in New York, and colleagues.

Al B. Benson III, MD, became President of the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) at its 36th Annual Meeting. Dr. Benson is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, in Chicago, Illinois, as well as Associate Director for Clinical Investigation at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. He recently completed a term of office as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Comprehensive Care Network.

Statesman Journal featured an article about Nancy S. Boutin, MD, of Salem Cancer Institute, in Oregon, in its ongoing column, “People in the SJ,” which focused on her new leadership role in palliative care.

ASCO Connection blogger Anees B. Chagpar, MD, was named Director of the Yale Breast Center at Smilow Cancer Hospital, in New Haven, Connecticut, and appointed in the section of surgical oncology in the Yale School of Medicine Department of Surgery. She came from the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in Kentucky.

M. Sitki Copur, MD, of St. Francis Cancer Treatment Center, in Grand Island, Nebraska, was quoted in a Grand Island Independent article about the institution receiving the 2010 Clinical Trials Participation Award (CTPA).

Paula M. Fracasso, MD, PhD, will continue serving as Deputy Director of the University of Virginia Cancer Center in the institution’s new Emily Couric Cancer Center building, which is slated to open its doors April 2011, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was also named one of the 2009-2010 Best Doctors in America by Best Doctors, Inc.

ASCO Past President David H. Johnson, MD, was named Chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas, Texas. He was formerly Director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Deputy Director of its Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Oncology Editor-in-Chief Nora A. Janjan, MD, MPSA, MBA, of Navasota, Texas, became Editor for the journal’s new Practice & Policy department.

Joshua E. Meyer, MD, joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

William F. Pirl, MD, of Massachussets General Hospital, and Andrew J. Roth, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, were mentioned in a HemOnc Today article that cited their 1999 Oncology article, “Diagnosis and Treatment of Depression in Cancer Patients.”

Bruce J. Roth, MD, was named Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine, in St. Louis, Missouri. He was formerly Professor of Medicine and Urologic Surgery at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Philip A. Salem, MD, was named Chair in Cancer Research at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, Texas. Dr. Salem is the first person to hold this position at St. Luke’s.

Clinical Trials: What Patients and Healthy Volunteers Need to Know, by Lorna Speid, PhD, of Speid & Associates, Inc., in San Diego, California, was published by Oxford University Press. The book—reviewed by David A. Williams, MD, Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Harvard Medical School, among other physicians, and with a Forward written by Mark D. Pegram, MD, of the University of Miami—explains the process of clinical trials in the drug development context.

Antoinette R. Tan, MD, MHSc, was named Director of Phase I/Developmental Therapeutics at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in New Brunswick.

Abby R. Thrower, MD, PhD, joined the Harold Alfond Center for Cancer Care, in Augusta, Maine.

In Memoriam
H. Marvin Camel, MD
Merrill J. Egorin, MD
Mark Edward Ellis, MD
Bernard C. Korbitz, MD, FACP
Lois F. O’Grady
Graciela V. Pasccon, MD
Amadeu Pelegri, MD, PhD
Lawrence E. Pierce, MD
Stephen John Tebes, MD

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