President of the Board of Directors of the Graham Foundation
David J. Sugarbaker, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of General Thoracic Surgery, director of the Lung Institute, and Olga Keith Weiss Chair in Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine, was re-elected as president of the board of directors of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Graham Foundation at the AATS annual meeting in Baltimore last month. As president, Dr. Sugarbaker oversees AATS Graham Foundation’s work that enables physicians from all over the world to secure education, training and research support in the field of cardiovascular and thoracic disease.
Finalist for the Premier Giants in Cancer Care Award
Dr. Sugarbaker has been announced as a finalist for the premier 2016 Giants of Cancer Care award in the category of Surgical Oncology, presented by the Intellisphere Oncology Specialty Group in a nominating ceremony held in Chicago that coincided with this years’ ASCO meeting. Dr. Sugarbaker is one of an exclusive roster of specialist oncologists nominated in ten categories, including breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, hematologic cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, radiation oncology, scientific advances, surgical oncology, and community outreach.
If elected, Dr. Sugarbaker will be inducted to the 3rd Annual Giants of Cancer Care class of luminaries honored for their towering achievements in oncology, and lifelong dedication to extending the lives of their patients. A Selection Committee composed exclusively of peers – distinguished physicians and scientists, many of whom created the field of oncology – nominates and votes for new inductees to the Giants of Cancer Care. The winners in each category will be announced at the gala dinner in New York City in the fall of 2016. Dr. Sugarbaker is joined by co-nominees Dr. Murray Brenan and Dr. John Cameron.
The Giants of Cancer Care recognition program celebrates the achievements of leading physicians and researchers who have devoted their time, talent, and resources to improving the care for the many patients and their families affected by cancer. Their discoveries have propelled the field forward and established the building blocks for future advances. Recipients of the 2015 award demonstrate the qualities that distinguish this award from others: unlimited selflessness, compassion for their patients, and a desire to understand and develop life-changing treatments against a disease that affects so many.