ASCO Honors Leaders and Innovators With Special Awards

Published: Sunday, Jun 26, 2016
Outstanding individuals across all specialties of oncology were recognized at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, held June 3-7 in Chicago, with the organization’s highest honors, the 2016 Special Awards. Honorees were commended for a wide range of accomplishments, from innovative research and patient care to inspiring mentorship and leadership.

Paul A. Bunn Jr, MD

Paul A. Bunn Jr, MD

David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture
Bunn, a Distinguished Professor of Medicine and the James Dudley Endowed Professor of Lung Cancer at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has dedicated his career to identifying novel diagnostics and treatment strategies for lung cancer. He has served as president of ASCO, president and executive director of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and chair of the FDA Oncology Drug Advisory Committee.


William G. Kaelin Jr, MD

William G. Kaelin Jr, MD

Science of Oncology Award and Lecture

A professor of medicine at the Dana- Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Kaelin has focused on determining how mutations in tumor suppressor genes affect cancer development. Kaelin, who is also a senior physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was a key player in the identification and understanding of the VHL protein, a discovery that was instrumental for the subsequent successful development of VEGF inhibitors to treat kidney cancer.


Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD

Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD

ASCO-American Cancer Society Award and Lecture

Dmitrovsky is the provost and executive vice president of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also serves as a professor in the Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology in the Division of Cancer Medicine at the cancer center. He was recognized for his groundbreaking work that led to the development of all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) for acute promyelocytic leukemia.


Pierre Soubeyran, MD, PhD

Pierre Soubeyran, MD, PhD

B.J. Kennedy Award and Lecture for Scientific Excellence in Geriatric Oncology

Soubeyran, professor of Medicine in the Medical Oncology Department at Institut Bergonié, Regional Cancer Center in Bordeaux, France, has been critical to the development of geriatric oncology at the clinical and research levels in both the United States and France. He is responsible for designing pivotal trials for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and implementing novel screening methods, both which were key to improving treatment and care for elderly patients.


David H. Johnson, MD

David H. Johnson, MD

Distinguished Achievement Award

Johnson was recognized for his decades-long career in internal medicine and oncology as a cancer physician, researcher, and medical educator. In addition, ASCO honored him for exceptional work as a mentor of the next generation of physicians at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he serves as the chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine.


Philip C. Hoffman, MD

Philip C. Hoffman, MD

Excellence in Teaching Award

Hoffman is a professor of medicine in the Section of Hematology/Oncology at the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine. He was one of the original masters of the Academy of Distinguished Medical Educators at Pritzker and has been honored as a favorite faculty member 25 times by graduating medical students.



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