SERVICE, MENTORSHIP, EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH HONORED AT WOMEN’S CANCER CONFERENCE

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Contact:
Elizabeth Edwards
Communications Coordinator
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
Foundation for Women’s Cancer
Cell Phone: (618) 795-4824
Office Phone: (312) 676-3911

Service, Mentorship, Excellence in Research Honored at Women’s Cancer Conference

National Harbor, MD (March 23, 2017) – The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) recognized service and mentorship in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology as well as excellence in gynecologic cancer research and treatment with the presentation of several awards during the Society’s 48th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in National Harbor, MD, March 12-15.

SGO’s Honors and Awards Committee recognizes individuals whose efforts have made an impact on the prevention, care and treatment of women’s cancers. The following awards were presented during the opening Scientific Plenary on March 12.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes individuals who, over an extended period of time, display a continuous outstanding meritorious service in the field of gynecologic oncology.

This year, the SGO acknowledged:

  • Clarence E. Ehrlich, MD, University of Indiana School of Medicine (posthumously)
  • David M. Gershenson, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Rodrigue Mortel, MD, Penn State College of Medicine
  • John R. van Nagell, MD, University of Kentucky Medical Center

The Gynecologic Oncology Humanitarian and Volunteerism Award is awarded to an individual for their exemplary local, national or international volunteer and outreach efforts in women’s cancer care, research or training. This year, the SGO acknowledged:

  • Kathleen M. Schmeler, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • AnneKathryn Goodman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

The Harry Long Award recognizes outstanding SGO Members for their contributions to multidisciplinary mentorship, collegiality or teaching in the field of gynecologic oncology.

This year, the SGO acknowledged:

  • Carol Aghajanian, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

 The Innovation Award honors individuals who have been exceptionally creative thinkers who significantly impacted the understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of gynecologic cancers. This year, the SGO acknowledged:

  • Nadeem R. Abu-Rustum, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ate Van Der Zee, MD, PhD, University Medical Center Groningen
  • Charles F. Levenback, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

The following awards from the 22nd Annual SGO Winter Meeting, which was held Jan. 26-28, 2017, in Breckenridge, CO, were acknowledged at the 2017 SGO Annual Meeting.

  • The Buck and Betsy Peters Award for Best Scientific Poster at the 2017 SGO Winter Meeting was presented to Christopher Breed, MD, for his abstract titled: “Claudin-4 enhances the apoptotic inducing effect of paclitaxel.”
  • The Buck and Betsy Peters Award for the 2017 SGO Winter Meeting Best Abstract Presentation was awarded to Kirsten Bixel, MD, for her abstract titled: “Intraperitoneal following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and optimal cytoreductive surgery.”

The following awards from the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, were also presented during this year’s SGO Annual Meeting:

  • Barbara Norquist, MD, received the Best Scientific Plenary Abstract Award for “Mutations in homologous recombination genes and response to treatment in GOG 218: An NRG oncology study.”
  • Emma Barber, MD, received the Best Clinical Practice Poster Award for “Validity of currently available venous thromboembolism risk scores among gynecologic oncology patients.”
  • Lesley Conrad, MD, received the Best Basic Science Poster for “Identification of distinct ADP-ribosylation patterns in ovarian cancer: a biomarker for therapy response.”

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The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is a 501(c) (6) national medical specialty organization of physicians and allied health care professionals who are trained in the comprehensive management of women with malignancies of the reproductive tract. Visit the SGO website, to learn more at https://www.sgo.org/.