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Promise and Progress - Honors and Awards

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Honors and Awards

Date: December 1, 2002

Ludwig Professorship

Ross C. Donehower, M.D., director of the Division of Medical Oncology, was named the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in Clinical Investi-gation of Cancer.

Donehower serves as the director of the Division of Medical Oncology, the Medical Oncology Fellowship Program and drug development. For the past 21 years, he has distinguished himself as a clinician, investigator and educator. The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research is a global organization that originates and conducts long-range research programs directed at eradicating cancer. An important supplement to the Institute’s own work is a trust known as the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Fund for Cancer Research, which provides financial support for cancer research at six leading academic institutions in the United States, one of which is Johns Hopkins.

Million Dollar Award for Research Nurse

Multiple honors go to the director of oncology nursing research, Vicki Mock, S.N.Sc., A.O.C.N. She received a $1 million award from the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research to study mitigating cancer-related fatigue by exercise. Sharon Krumm, Ph.D., Nancy Davidson, M.D., and Ted DeWeese, M.D., are co-investigators.

Mock also received the 2001 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Education Award, the JHU School of Nursing 2001 Excellence in Teaching-Graduate Programs Award, and was selected for Fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing.

ACS Lane A. Adams Award

 Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S.N., M.A.S., director of outreach and education for the Breast Center, received the 2001 Lane A. Adams Award for Excellence in Caring. This prestigious American Cancer Society award is given annually to caregivers who demonstrate consistent excellence and innovation in providing compassionate, skilled care and counsel to persons with cancer and their families.

Pain Management Award

Matt Loscalzo, director of Patient and Family Services, received the Sarnat Distinguished Humanitarian Award for his work in the field of palliative care and pain management from the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte (Los Angeles), Calif., on Oct. 26, 2001. During the Rhoda G. & Bernard G. Sarnat Symposium for Supportive Care of the Patient with Cancer and other Life-threatening Diseases sponsored by the City of Hope, he spoke on: “The Dark Side of Helping: Why We Allow People to Suffer Needlessly from Cancer Pain.”  Past award recipients include Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., from City of Hope, and Laurel Herbst, M.D., from San Diego Hospice.

Cancer Research Foundation Award

The Cancer Research Foundation of America awarded Giovanni Parmigiani, Ph.D., funds for his research Risk Prediction in Familial Colon Cancer. Parmigiani will use the award to develop computer software that uses family history to accurately assess a person’s inherited genetic susceptibility to colon cancer.

Oncology Nursing Society Scholarship

Viki Anders, R.N., M.S.N., C.R.N.P., received the 2001 Oncology Nursing Society Travel Scholarship to attend the Society’s annual conference. The scholarship awards professional staff nurses who have creatively responded to extraordinary challenges in practice.

Time’s Best of Science and Medicine  

Time Magazine named David Sidransky, M.D., professor of otolaryngology and oncology, in its special issue “America’s Best Science and Medicine.” Sidransky was recognized for his work in using subtle genetic alterations to develop early screening tests for a variety of cancers involving the bladder, colon, head and neck, and lungs. Harvey Prize Bert Vogelstein, M.D., received the 2001 Harvey Prize from the American Technion Society, which supports the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. The $50,000 award was presented to Vogelstein for his work on tumor formation and progression.

Leadership Role in Radiation Therapy Oncology Group

Ross Abrams, M.D., acting director of radiation oncology, was elected vice chairman for organ sites for the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. RTOG is the only national cooperative group focused on improving the use of radiation in the management of cancer.