Awards and Honors 2009
Physicians Assume National Leadership Positions
Eric M. Horwitz, MD, chairman of radiation oncology, assumed the position of president of the American Brachytherapy Society in the spring. Founded in 1973, the nonprofit society seeks to provide insight and research into the use of brachytherapy—radiation treatment given by placing radioactive material directly in or near the target or tumor—for malignant and benign conditions. Read more »
John A. "Drew" Ridge's national leadership in head and neck cancer was recognized by the leading professional society in the field. At the annual meeting of the American Head and Neck Society in May, the surgeon was elevated to society president. The American Head and Neck Society is the largest organization in North America dedicated to the advancement of research and education in head and neck oncology. Read more »
American Cancer Society Recognizes Oncologist
Medical oncologist Paul F. Engstrom, MD, senior vice president of extramural research, was honored in November with the American Cancer Society's Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes major achievements and commitment in the cancer field. An expert in treating gastrointestinal cancers, Engstrom was honored for furthering the understanding and treatment of cancer through his clinical practice, research, and volunteer work.
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Nursing Researcher Honored by Academy
Andrea M. Barsevick, PhD, RN, AOCN, director of nursing research, was selected to become a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in November. Fellows are selected based on evidence of significant contributions to nursing and health care.
"Fellowship in the Academy of Nursing is a top honor and major accomplishment," noted Joanne Hambleton, vice president of nursing and patient services. "We are very pleased that Andrea is being recognized for her contributions to the science of symptom management for cancer patients and survivors."
Geneticist Receives Research Award
Geneticist Joseph R. Testa, PhD, received the 2009 Scientific Research Award from the Pennsylvania Division, Southeast Region of the American Cancer Society. The award recognizes his work in advancing the scientific understanding of how genetics and cell signaling underpin cancer, particularly in the study of AKT, a protein activated in many forms of cancer, and mesothelioma, an asbestos- related cancer that often affects the lungs. Read more »
Fox Chase Receives Magnet Status for the Third Time in a Row
Fox Chase Cancer Center, the first acute care hospital in Pennsylvania and specialty hospital in the country to receive Magnet status, was designated for the third time in a row — now making it the first hospital in Pennsylvania to have achieved two successful Magnet renewals. This designation is the nation's highest form of recognition for nursing excellence and is one of the benchmarks used to measure the quality of care patients receive. Read more »
Fox Chase Earns Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Designation
Centers that are designated as an ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence have:
- Voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to be sure they meet nationally accepted standards
- Employed personnel who are well qualified, through education and certification, to perform and interpret medical images and administer radiation therapy treatments
- Acquired equipment that is appropriate for the testing or treatment of breast cancer
- Met or exceeded quality assurance and safety guidelines
Fox Chase Cancer Center Tops in the Nation among Places for Postdocs to Work, According to The Scientist Magazine
In its annual survey, The Scientist ranks Fox Chase among the top 15 best places in the nation for postdoctoral researchers – known simply as "postdocs" – to work. Fox Chase was the only top-ranked institution in Pennsylvania and ranked 12th overall in the U.S. Read more »