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Fox Chase's Paul F. Engstrom Receives the American Cancer Society's Distinguished Service Award

PHILADELPHIA (November 30, 2009) – Paul F. Engstrom, MD - Acting Director, Medical Oncology, senior vice president of extramural research programs at Fox Chase Cancer Center and medical director of Fox Chase Cancer Center Partners, has been honored by the American Cancer Society with the organization's Distinguished Service Award. He received the award earlier this November in Los Angeles during the annual meeting of the American Cancer Society.

Engstrom is an expert in treating gastrointestinal cancers. Through his work, he has helped further understanding of the risk factors, prevention, treatment, and survival of various cancers. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes his major and unique contributions to cancer control through clinical practice, education, and administration.  He is also being honored for his ongoing work to fight the disease through numerous appointments, organizations, and volunteer roles.
In addition to his duties at Fox Chase, Engstrom serves as chair of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Colorectal-Anal Cancer Guidelines Panel, and is a member of the NCCN Neuroendocrine Malignancy Panel and Senior Adult Oncology Task Force.  He also serves as the director of the Fox Chase Early Detection Research Network Clinical Epidemiology and Validation Center Program.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Engstrom completed an internship and medical residency at the University of Minneapolis Hospitals, where he was also a public health service trainee in medical oncology.  He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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