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Ellen L. Stovall, President and CEO of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, has announced her intention to step down as head of the organization by the end of next year. “Although I will be turning over the leadership reins of this very special organization, I intend to remain actively involved in NCCS and lend my energies wherever a cancer survivor's voice is needed on issues related to quality cancer care,” she said.

Ms. Stovall has headed NCCS since 1992, and under her leadership, the organization helped establish the NCI's Office of Cancer Survivorship as well as the Cancer Leadership Council, an independent forum of 33 leading cancer research, treatment, support, and advocacy organizations in the US.

Ms. Stovall, a member of OT's Editorial Board, has served on the National Cancer Policy Board and on various Institute of Medicine Forums that produced a series of reports on quality cancer care, palliative care, and cancer survivorship. She coedited the most recent report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivors: Lost in Translation.

“Ellen Stovall has made many significant contributions to cancer survivorship over the years, benefiting millions of Americans living with and beyond cancer,” said Robert Sachs, Chair of the NCCS Board of Directors. “Finding a successor with her passion, expertise, and bountiful talent promises to be very challenging. Leaders with Ellen's ability to formulate policy and translate it into action are extremely rare.”

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Mr. Sachs said that the NCCS Board has formed a search committee headed by former NCCS Chair Catherine Harvey, PhD, RN, and retained an executive search firm specializing in nonprofit organizations.

Joseph S. Bailes, MD, has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the ASCO Foundation. Dr. Bailes, a former President of ASCO (1999–2000) and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee since 1991 and Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee, was the Society's Interim Executive Vice President and Chief Executive in 2005 and 2006 until the appointment of Allen S. Lichter, MD, as ASCO EVP and CEO.

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The ASCO Foundation works with ASCO to raise and distribute funds for programs that improve cancer care and help to create the environment for prevention and cure. Since its inception, the ASCO Foundation Grants Program has awarded some $40 million to young and mid-career physicians working on cutting-edge projects.

“This is an exciting time in the field of clinical oncology as cancer research and treatments continue to progress, and we are helping to improve the lives of those living with cancer,” said Dr. Bailes, a member of OT's Editorial Board. “Working with the ASCO Foundation's remarkable staff and board of directors is a wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to supporting continued advancement in the field of oncology in my new role as chair.”

Daniel F. Hayes, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Clinical Director of the Breast Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, is the first recipient of the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer award, given by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the ASCO Foundation and supported by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Oncology.

The award and fellowship includes a $10,000 cash prize, given to an active clinical or translational researcher with a distinguished record of accomplishments in the breast cancer field. The award was given at ASCO's first Breast Cancer Symposium, held last month in San Francisco.

During the past two decades, Dr. Hayes has helped bridge the gap between laboratory and clinical research, becoming an internationally recognized leader in the use of the CA15-3 blood test and other tumor markers, such as HER-2. More recently, he and his colleagues have reported groundbreaking results in two areas of research: circulating tumor cells in metastatic breast cancer and the pharmacogenomics of tamoxifen.

He is widely considered to be an expert in the field of clinical breast cancer research, especially in regard to new hormonal and chemotherapeutic treatments, and, in particular, development, evaluation, and clinical use of tumor markers. He was a charter member of ASCO's Tumor Marker Guideline Expert Panel, which he has co-chaired for the past three years.

“I am honored to be the first recipient of the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award,” Dr. Hayes said. “Few researchers have had the impact on cancer advancements that Dr. Bonadonna has, and I accept this award with the full intent of honoring his legacy and life's work with continued efforts to improve the care and treatment of patients.”

Dr. Bonadonna, of the Instituto Nazionale Tumori in Milan, conducted the pivotal cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and fluorouracil (CMF) trial that ushered in the widespread acceptance of adjuvant chemotherapy as part of the curative treatment of breast cancer, a finding that changed the course of how breast cancer is treated. He also designed and conducted the first clinical trials exploring the use of doxorubicin and developed the doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) protocol, which remains the gold standard for treating Hodgkin's disease.

Samuel Waxman, MD, Founder and Scientific Director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, has been named Distinguished Service Professor by Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Waxman, who is a Professor of Medicine at the school, was honored at the institution's 22nd Annual Convocation Ceremony September 18.

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, Director of Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected to a two-year term as Vice-President and President-elect of the Association of American Cancer Institutes. He will succeed Edward J. Benz, Jr, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and will begin serving an additional two-year term as President of the AACI in October 2009.

The AACI also elected the following members to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors beginning this month: Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, Director of the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center; Craig B. Thompson, MD, Director of the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania and Associate Vice-President for Cancer Services for the University of Pennsylvania Health System; Donald L. Trump, MD, President and CEO of Roswell Park Cancer Institute; and Cheryl L. Willman, MD, Director and CEO of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center.

Thomas V. O'Halloran, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Basic Sciences at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dr. O'Halloran is currently Director of the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute and the Charles E. and Emma H. Morrison Professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology. He succeeds Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, who is stepping down to focus on her positions as Executive Director of the Institute for Women's Health Research and Chief of the Division of Fertility Preservation.

Sai Yendamuri, MD, has been appointed staff physician in the Thoracic Division of the Department of Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, after completing his residency in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Candace S. Johnson, PhD, has been appointed Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Dr. Johnson has been a senior faculty member and Senior Vice-President of Translational Research since 2002. She was endowed as the Robert, Lew and Ann Wallace Chair in Translational Research in 2005.

Richard L. Crownover, MD, PhD, has been appointed Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and has opened his own practice there. He was previously Director of the Regional Cancer Center for the Reading (PA) Hospital and Medical Center.

Beth Y. Karlan, MD, Director of Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Research Institute in Los Angeles, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, the medical journal of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. She succeeds David M. Gerhenson, MD, who has led the journal for 17 years, and will begin her editorship January 1, 2008.

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