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Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, has been named Chair of the newly established Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine and the Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Cancer Research. Since joining Emory Winship in 2002, Dr. Khuri has recruited more than 25 faculty members to the hematology and medical oncology section and has been instrumental in recruiting leading research and clinical faculty as well. He currently serves as principal investigator of a $7.9 million P01 grant in lung cancer and co-principal investigator on the $12.5 million Specialized Project of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant in head and neck cancer.

The American Cancer Society has chosen the following individuals to receive its 2008 Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award for innovation and leadership in providing compassionate care and counsel to persons with cancer and their families:

* Karen Allison, CPNP, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

* Karleen Habin, RN, nurse manager and administrator at the Breast Cancer Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.

* Kathy Lopeman, RN, of Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, AK.

* Dolores Moorehead, Program Director of the Women's Cancer Resource Center in Oakland, CA.

* Robert Parker, MD, Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Stony Brook (NY) University Medical Center.

* Mace Rothenberg, MD, Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

* Kris Sargent, RN, nurse educator at Mercy Regional Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids, IA.

* Blue Walcer, Founder and Director of the CARE Program and Health Education Coordinator at San Francisco General Hospital.

The recipients will be honored during a ceremony in Los Angeles on May 9.

Tennessee Oncology PLLC and the Sarah Cannon Research Institute have named Johanna C. Bendell, MD, Director of GI Cancer Research. She was previously an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University.

Also at Sarah Cannon, Daniel R. Couriel, MD, is the new Director of Transplantation Research. He will continue as Director of Allogeneic Transplantation for the Bone Marrow Transplant Program.

Francis J. Giles, MD, MB, has been honored as the recipient of the Medtronic Award at the National University of Ireland Galway Alumni Awards Gala for his contributions to the field of health care and medical science. Dr. Giles is Deputy Director of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) and Chief of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and Director of CTRC's Institute for Drug Development.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute has recognized two employees for their scientific achievements: David Shibata, MD, Section Head of Colorectal Oncology at Moffitt and Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology at the University of South Florida, was named 2007/2008 Physician of the Year. Gerold Bepler, MD, PhD, Division Chief of Thoracic Oncology at Moffitt, Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the University of South Florida, and Director of the Comprehensive Lung Cancer Research Center, was named 2008 Scientist of the Year.

The University of North Carolina Cancer Hospital has appointed two physicians to leadership positions: Stuart Gold, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, has been named Division Chief of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine; and Thomas Shea, MD, Professor of Medicine and Director of UNC Heath Care's Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation program, is the new Associate Director of Clinical Outreach for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he will lead collaborative education, research, and clinical care efforts between the center and North Carolina's Area Health Education Centers, health systems, and oncology practices.

Moffitt Cancer Center has also been named 2008 Employer of the Year by the Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation. The employer recognition award is presented annually to an organization that has provided support and recognition of oncology nursing certification to its nursing staff. Moffitt, which received the award for the first time among 14 other nominees, offers financial support to nurses who choose to pursue certification, and after completion the nurses are recognized at a nurses' week reception, with their credentials inscribed on name badges and business cards.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) has elected Andrew Madoff, a lymphoma survivor and CEO of Abel Automatics, Inc. to lead its 2008 Board of Directors. Richard I. Fisher, MD, Director of the James P. Wilmot Cancer Center and Vice President of Clinical Services, Samuel E. Durand Professor of Medicine, and Director of the Hematology/Oncology Division in the Department of Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, will lead the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board for 2008–2010. Bruce D. Cheson, MD, Head of Hematology and Director of Hematology Research at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center of Georgetown University, is the new Chairman-elect of the Scientific Advisory Board and will assume the role of Chairman in 2010.

The Oncology Nursing Society has selected the following individuals to present two of the lectures at the 33rd Annual Congress, to be held next month in Philadelphia:

* Jeri L. Ashley, RN, MSN, an oncology advanced practice nurse at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, will present the Clinical Lectureship, speaking on “Pain Management: Nurses in Jeopardy.”

* Terry A. Badger, PhD, APRN, BC, FAAN, Professor and Division Director of Systems at the University of Arizona College of Nursing, will give the Mara Mogensen Flaherty Memorial Lecture, speaking on “Depression Assessment and Psychosocial Interventions for Cancer Survivors and Their Partners.”

Jeffrey A. Toretsky, MD, a pediatric oncology physician and researcher at Georgetown University's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, has received the Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for his research efforts to establish specific therapies for Ewing's sarcoma. Dr. Toretsky is one of 13 recipients of the $750,000 award, which supports established independent physician-scientists dedicated to translational research.

Tirrell Johnson, MD, has joined M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando as a medical oncologist focusing on head and neck cancers. He recently completed a combined hematology/medical oncology fellowship at Brown and Boston Universities.

Joseph Imperato, MD, has been elected to serve a two-year term as President of the medical staff at Lake Forest (IL) Hospital, where he has worked since 1986. He has been Medical Director of Radiation Oncology since 1991, specializing in breast cancer.

Other newly elected officers are Vice President, Thomas Bormes, MD, a urologist and member of the staff since 1989; and Secretary/Treasurer, Neil Freedman, MD, Medical Director of Critical Care Services and immediate past chair of the Department of Medicine.

Deena Gilland, RN, MSN, has been appointed Director of Nursing for Emory University Winship Cancer Institute. She joined Emory University Hospital in 1988 as a staff nurse in oncology and was nurse manager in the hematology/leukemia unit from 1996 to 2005 when she assumed her most recent position as Services Department Director for Emory University Hospital.

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